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A few weeks ago I bought a book in the iBookstore. The title of this book is "Der Aurora Effekt" (German). Then a few weeks later I bought the book "The Tributes of Panem" (German version).

The first title I can copy to my Kobo eBook reader and read the book. But "The Tributes of Panem" was not readable!

Is it possible that not all books are DRM protected?

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(Not all books are DRM protected.)

Per the official iBooks FAQ...

How can I determine which books are copy-protected (DRM) versus those that are DRM-free?

iTunes can show you the kind of book you have by selecting the book and then choosing File > Get Info.

  • If the Kind is marked as Book, this is a book you downloaded from the Internet.
  • If it is listed as Purchased Book, it is a DRM-free book downloaded from the iBookstore.
  • If it is listed as Protected Book, it is a copy-protected book from the iBookstore.

Only "protected books" have DRM protection.

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Whether a book in the iBookstore has DRM is up to the publisher. Two publishers I know of never do DRM, O'Reilly and Take Control, and there are others too.

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