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We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

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cpatter225
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Membership fee

I was told the reason B and N want a credit card on file is because you have to pay $25 a year for a membership before you can download any ebooks. Is this true? 

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gstone
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Re: Membership fee

no

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KingAl
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Re: Membership fee

No, it's because the CC number is used as part of the DRM on the nookbooks. (The CC number is not stored anywhere on the nook, so you don't have to worry about anyone getting it from the nook.)

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Ya_Ya
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Re: Membership fee

No.

 

You need the credit card on file - even if you pay with a gift card or download only free B&N books - so that the DRM scheme can function.

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bewhoyouareandbethatwell
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Re: Membership fee

What's a DRM?  I'm finding a whole new world here.

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03FLHT2
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Re: Membership fee

DRM  Digital Rights Management

 

 

do a google search and you will find plenty about it.  

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gstone
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Digital Rights Management. It's supposed to aid in preventing theft and priacy. In practice its the bain of the anyone who makes a purchase in good faith.

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Ya_Ya
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DRM is Digital Rights Management.  It is the "locking" device publishers use to protect their books so that you can't just give it away to everyone you know.  Or sell it multiple times.

 

You can strip DRM, but it's not legal.  Some say that if you are doing it only for personal use it should fall under fair use, but so far that hasn't been officially said.

 

I tend to err on the side that stripping DRM for any purpose isn't legal.

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KingAl
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Re: Membership fee


bewhoyouareandbethatwell wrote:

What's a DRM?  I'm finding a whole new world here.


Digital Rights Management, aka copy protection. (B&N's DRM is not likely to inconvenience you - it's just to prevent you from giving copies to all your friends.)