You are not the only one to have this problem. I spent a LOT of money on pre-kindle books from Amazon, which I am effectively locked out of. I got the same run-around from both Amazon and Adobe. I have been scammed by this company, and I have no reason to believe that I won't be scammed again by Adobe, Amazon or any other company that uses DRM. DRM does not prevent piracy, it just prevents honest consumers from accessing the content they paid for. I believe that your access rights to an ebook should be the same as a print book. And yet, the real thieves in this case accuse DRM circumventors of being thieves (just look what Adobe did to Dmitry Skylarov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Sklyarov).
I am no pirate, but because of the way I have been scammed out of money for books I cannot read, I now consider it a moral obligation to circumvent any DRM on any ebook that I purchase. I will not buy an ebook, unless I am relatively certain that I can remove the DRM and put an unencrypted copy in my digital library. Fortunately, DRM is inherently flawed by its nature, and this is not hard to do. Otherwise, imagine a conversation in the future:
"I heard that grandpa had some really cool old books that are hard to find now - can I read them?"
"Sorry - Grandpa didn't know about removing DRM, and the books are encrypted by an old scheme from a company that went broke, so nobody can read them anymore".
I'm not an Adobe employee, so let's get that straight from the start.
Adobe is only the supplier of tools to implement DRM via Adobe Content
Server. Their method was selected as ONE of several when the publishers
were developing digital content management as part of their efforts back in
the early 1990's.
Adobe isn't scamming anyone either. Since all they provide is the toolset,
what they try to do is to protect just the toolset, and your comments about
'look what Adobe did to so-and-so' is a distortion of what happened and
why. But let's move on to the point I see in your comments.
Publishers implement digital rights management by selecting the features
that they wish to use, according to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of
2000 (DMCA for short). When they generate the epublication, those features
are turned on or off by the publisher. Adobe has nothing to do with that,
nor does any other software company like Calibre, Bluefire or Overdrive.
And that's the way it is now. The way it was before appears to be the
issue you'd like to discuss.
Unfortunately, nobody goes back to re-do what was done before a particular
standard was implemented. And the issue you have is valid: you're stuck
without the use of material that you were able to use some time ago. In
this particular case, the latest process that includes DRM has embedded
some controls to assure that the pre-existing materials are managed in a
way that precludes copying them in some cases. In essence, the industry
back-dated digital rights management. Unfair? Maybe. Can you get around
DRM either to get back what you 'lost', or to permit you to do whatever you
want with the material you 'own'? Yes you can - but you'd be a lawbreaker
if you did.
In case it was not clear from my first post, my problem is not with Adobe, but with Amazon. I did not pay Adobe for the books, so they don't owe me anything. Amazon does. They have stolen from me goods which they aknowledge I have paid for. I don't really care about DMCA or any other agreement among thieves to "legalize" theft. I merely curse the laws and the lawmakers.
Sorry if I misred your post. Amazon chose to do things differently - and
they should be held accountable for what they've done. You've done a good
job of raising a point.
Why doesn't Adobe bring pdfs to market on a physical ereader device? Lots of people would like to read ebooks in pdf but the competition aren't supporting it -- on the contrary, as you point out.
After all, the P in PDF means portable - P as in Palm, or I-Pod...
Nice idea, but off base. The issues are twofold: first, the ebook format
for Kindles is proprietary to Amazon; next, the technology of the newer
devices isn't within the design parameters of Digital Editions (the
original version was brought to market before the explosion of android and
Google powered devices. Apple also uses a different format for their OS on
the iPads than was current at that time). So, Adobe, like other software
houses, is playing catch-up - and probably will continue to do so for some
time to come.
A dedicated device for reading pdf's? Adobe is a software company. That
could be the reason....