4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2010 12:32 PM by Jim Lester

    Loaning a Sony Ereader

    mpking828

      My library is beginning a pilot program of loaning out a Sony E-reader (PRS-900).

       

      I'm one of the firsts to try the device, and the first that wanted to load my own content on it.  I've discussed this with the library director, and they're willing to let me be the Guinea pig with this, because if successful, this could become very popular

       

      I've downloaded a book via ADE.  I've connect the E-reader to my computer, and I'm presented with the following:

       

      A mobile device has been detected. To transfer protected items between your Digital Editions library and this device, both the device and the computer must be authorized with the same Adobe ID.This device is currently authorized to *EMAILofLibraryDirector*

      To authorize this device with your Adobe ID *MyPersonalAdobeID*, click Authorize Device.

       

      I'm trying to understand the implications of the above statement and the results of clicking Authorize Device.

       

      Ideally, I think the library would envision that each patron that borrows the ereader would activated to they're own ADE account.

       

      I'm not sure how the DRM involved with ADE would react to this, especially with the 5 device limit.  IE, if I click Authorize device, it's obvious that I would now have 1 device counted against me (The sony e-reader).  But would the library director still have the device counting against them?  (A lost activation).

      When the device is returned, and the Library Director plugs it into her computer, I'm assuming it'll prompt her to re-authroize.  Would it count it as a second activation, or would it see it as the orignal device, and still be the first activation.  In this scenario, would I now have a Lost Activation?

       

      Ideally, I (borrower) would de-activate it from they're account before returning it, thus avoiding the entire issue.  But this cannot always be counted on, as non-technical people will be borrowing the device, as well as sometimes people just plain forget.

       

      I appreciate any insights that are offered.

        • 1. Re: Loaning a Sony Ereader
          mpking828 Level 1

          Jim?  Anyone?

          • 2. Re: Loaning a Sony Ereader
            Jim Lester Level 4

            Basically there is no good way to do what you want to do.

             

            Deactivation does not increase the activation total, so people being loaned ebook readers will eventually run out of activations and be required to open a support case.

             

            Other ways that wouldn't require deactivation (such as using a Library ID, instead of a personal id), are specifically dissallowed by the various EULAs.

            • 3. Re: Loaning a Sony Ereader
              mpking828 Level 1
              • Deactivation does not increase the activation total, so people being loaned ebook readers will eventually run out of activations and be required to open a support case.

               

              Jim, do you mean that deactivation does not "Decrease" the activation total?  I would not expect it to increase the total, but I would expect it to decrement the activation total. It's an unfortunate design decision if this is indeed the case.

               

              Otherwise,

                   Well, that just plain sucks.

              The Library ID was going to be my follow-up question, so you kicked my legs right out from me on that one.

               

              Mike

              • 4. Re: Loaning a Sony Ereader
                Jim Lester Level 4

                I meant increase, but it might read better as "Deactivation does not increase the (total) number of activations you have available - it simply removes the activation information"  but the sense is unfortunately the same for you.