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OpenContent.net: Glassbook Reader Paranoia

Mar 15, 2000, 15:52 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by linh)

[ Thanks to Linh Ngo for this link. ]

"The whole Net is abuzz with Stephen King's release of his first electronic book (actually a 66-page novella). Even the big e-tailers like Barnes & Noble are having problems feeding the frenzied public who are downloading the horror master's book and the software reader, Glassbook Reader, en masse. The real terror lies in the reader itself."

"With this new electronic book frontier bringing us improved ease of use (searching, updates, etc.) and more features (the for-fee 'Plus Reader' has a built-in dictionary and allows annotations) comes perceived perils. Of course, illegal copying is at the top of that list and copy-protection is built right into the reader. But are they taking this too far and making the same mistakes that the DIVX crowd made? Start up your favorite copy of Glassbook Reader and take a gander at the Getting Started with the Glassbook Reader document on page 11."

"This harkens back to the good ole days of floppy-disk based copy protection where you were only allowed to install one copy of a software package. After the install completed, your floppy disk was 'marked' and you wouldn't be able to install again until you deinstalled your software and the floppy 'unmarked.' This sounds good in theory, but works against the law-abiding consumer. What happens, as often does, when you lose that floppy or your dog gets the floppy munchies? Yup, you're screwed or severely inconvenienced..."

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