I’m looking to change my reading and buying habits away from Amazon and need an alternate source for my ebooks. Where can I buy ebooks that won’t expire or have their licence revoked and will allow me to download a copy of that ebook I can store on my own system regardless of the websites status?

  • @mipadaitu
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    883 months ago

    Calibre and DeDRM can strip Amazon’s DRM and let you save the books forever.

    https://github.com/noDRM/DeDRM_tools

    You need a registered Kindle, but you don’t need to actually use the Kindle to make it work. Just download the ebook from the Amazon website “for Kindle XYZ” and then import and convert the ebook in calibre.

    • @[email protected]
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      383 months ago

      This is unfortunately the closest answer to what the OP is asking.

      To the best of my knowledge, outside of independent authors like Cory Doctorow selling drm-free from their own sites, I’m not aware of any place to shop for ebooks that are not tied to some online DRM scheme.

      Humble Bundle books are another option, but it’s highly dependent upon if you want what they’re selling.

    • misery mansion
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      133 months ago

      Also works on kobo books which use adobe digital editions. I think the plugin is called obok (I’ve only just realised that kobo is an anagram of book haha)

      This is the way anyway

    • Thorned_Rose
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      OP wants to avoid Amazon. This is still giving Amazon money and therefore encouraging Amazon’s greed, walled garden and dark patterns.

      A better alternative would be using almost any other digital book seller. There’s plenty. And if the author chose or was forced to only sell through Amazon, then you can try library sources (like Overdrive) so the author at least gets something. And if you still can’t get what you’re looking for, then it’s time to sail the high seas.

      At least make Amazon the last resort option.

    • @[email protected]
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      13 months ago

      I’ve tried 5× to get it to work and not been able to…I’m even somewhat good with following instructions!

  • @[email protected]
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    313 months ago

    Anna’s Archive is a good option if you’re wanting to sail the high seas. Very easy to navigate, and almost all titles are available in multiple formats (I.e. PDF, epub)

  • @[email protected]
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    243 months ago

    Pirate the DRM free version of the e-book. And then send money to the author, either is a direct donation if they accept it, or donating a physical copy of the book to the library

    • @witten
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      223 months ago

      Just pointing out that dozens of people work on each traditionally published book other than the author.

      • @Pilferjinx
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        73 months ago

        And all of them have been paid out. Corporations and royalties are getting the profits.

      • Zagorath
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        33 months ago

        Does anyone other than the author and publisher get paid on a per-unit-sold basis?

        • @witten
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          23 months ago

          I’m operating under the (perhaps mistaken) assumption that OP wants to “buy” an e-book in part to support those responsible for making it. And of course you can’t support an editor or cover designer or publicist directly, but they do get paid indirectly because books get sold.

    • @ElectroVagrant
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      33 months ago

      Thanks for this! I think I may have come across it at some point but never bookmarked it for whatever reason, corrected that now!

  • @ElectroVagrant
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    173 months ago

    Surprised nobody’s mentioned Weightless ebooks or Smashwords yet. You didn’t mention region, so I can’t assure these will work for you, but worth checking out regardless to see if they may.

  • @[email protected]
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    143 months ago

    A lot of publishers have DRM free content if you buy directly from them.

    Verso, Tor, NoStarchPress to name a few

    • @DeltaWhy
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      123 months ago

      Careful though, not every Humble Bundle is DRM-free. I just got one recently not realizing it was locked to the Kobo app. I have an Android e-reader so I’m still able to read them, but I’m pretty annoyed given that DRM-free used to be one of the major selling points of Humble Bundle.

  • mesamune
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    If you get it off Amazon, you can use Calibre to download the ebook. Then convert to ebook .epub and now it’s yours forever. I don’t like this but some books are not possible to get it legally without Amazon.

    Or use baen to buy. Or if your really lucky off the authors official website.

    • @Passerby6497
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      83 months ago

      If you’re an audible user, libation is a great way to own your audio books the way calibre does.

        • @Passerby6497
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          23 months ago

          I used to do that all the time as a kid, and there are still songs where I expect to hear a windows tone over it in specific spots…

    • @Chee_Koala
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      Head’s up - since Jan this year, this route is ONLY available if you have registered a Kindle with them. The new format used by amazon cannot be “unencrypted”, even by calibre, without a Kindle “unencrypting” it for you or providing it’s key or whatever the dark magic required is.

      • mesamune
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        13 months ago

        That’s terrible, thanks for the he heads up.

  • @Aceticon
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    Since the beginning of the whole eBook trend I’ve refused to buy e-books from Amazon exactly because of their DRM, and recently I went looking around for an alternative and discovered Smashwords were I can buy the books and get them at least in ePub format (some also in other formats). They’ve been getting a steady stream of money from me ever since. (No, it’s not a subscription, it’s me being an avid book reader).

    No idea of how good or not they are compared to other alternatives, but they seem to have more than enough choice for my needs and do satisfy my criteria, - the same as yours - which is that I when I download a book I get to keep it and read in any way I see fit.