Just to add to Jim's comments....
Many, many people are lured into the assumption that an ebook is just an
electronic version of a paper book, and that they have the right to do
whatever they want with it because they bought it and it's their property.
Many people also assume that the digital world of ebooks is transparent and
works over all devices somehow (magic?). Neither is true. Intellectual
property protection is rooted in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of
2000, and all mainstream ebook management programs adhere to the provisions
of the law. Those programs that advertise they can 'unlock' an ebook are
breaking that law - whether you or I like it or not. It's not OK to
unprotect someone else's intellectual property.
Apple's world is just that. They've defined how ebooks will be managed on
their devices. The lone exception is that Digital Editions has a version
that operates on the MAC under their form of interoperability with Windows
Amazon has chosen to go its own way also, and Kindles are interlocked with
their way. Some sites, such as Gutenberg, have inve$ted the time and
energy to figure out a way to be compatible. The mainstream - and Apple -
Other mainstream sources for ebooks and ereaders also have some quirks that
are unique to their interaction with their devices, such as SONY and B&N.
Finally the world of electronic devices has changed radically since the
early 2000's. We now have handheld devices that are capable of doing what
our laptops did only a few years ago. However, they are running a
completely different operating system from a PC or a MAC, and programs like
Digital Editions and Overdrive don't interface with them.
The end result is that you get burned if you assume a lot based on your
conception of how things should work. It's been that way as long as
technology has been available to individuals. The 'fine print' is
You're tied almost exclusively to Amazon as a source for epublications for
your Kindle. There are exceptions - the Fire interacts with applications
on the web - but that doesn't mean that ALL the applications will work with
I don't think that anything either Jim or I have said will change your
mind. But it's here if you want to refer to it.....
Sorry, didn't realize it was against forum rules to talk about possible ways to read the book that you just paid money for. Like I said above, I was given warnings about the book only being avialable to read on Apple devices (should have known better). It was the assurance of someone (with Apple devices) that told me I'd be ok since I had Adobe Reader (I tried ADE too). I understand it, but I don't have to like it <g>
OOPS! I forgot to mention something you might not be considering, Monica.
Digital rights are established by the publisher or distributor or the
author. They aren't put there by Apple, Amazon, SONY, B&N or any other
source for downloading an ebook. If you use Digital Editions to access
your ebook on an Windows PC or on the MAC, and there are digital rights
assigned by the publisher or distributor, you'd have the same issues as you
would have with Apple iTunes, or any other program like Calibre, Overdrive,
Bluefire Reader, etc. As I said in my reply to you, there are a lot of
people like you that use the paper book analogy when they talk about what
they can do with an ebook, and that's just not the case. If you REALLY
want to press the issue, find out who published the ebook edition and go to
them with your concerns.