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A few weeks ago, we asked you to reach out to Barnes & Noble about
their Nook eBook reader. Many of you did, and while Barnes & Noble
has yet to formally respond, we can continue to put pressure on them.
The current news is that Amazon plans to launch a color Android
device, much like the Nook color. If we continue to put pressure on
B&N, we can use this increased pressure from Amazon as a reason to
make the Nook a device for everyone, not just large book publishers.
Here's a selection of messages to Mary Ellen Keating at Barnes and Noble:
"If I buy a book (be it an ebook or a hard copy) *I* should own it."
-- Bryan Cuneo
"This is not progress. Rather, it is an attack on society and on our
rights." -- Jason X. Self
"If you use DRM, we will be forced to turn a blind eye to your
products, and your company." -- Maki
"I had considered purchasing a Nook until I read about the DRM. Now
I won't buy a Nook unless you drop DRM. The device is usable, but in
my opinion, hamstrung by DRM." -- L Mease
We've moved our blog post on the subject to our new Nook hub,
We've also responded to this blog post: <http://ur1.ca/532mp> -- where
someone claims certain books for the Nook are DRM-free. Once again, we
tried to get some answers out of Barnes & Noble on this, who told us
that only public domain books from Google Books are DRM-free, and any
books downloaded from Barnes & Noble have DRM.
In the meantime, if you haven't written to Barnes & Noble, please do:
* Do you use Twitter? Let @nookBN know that you won't buy a Nook until
StatusNet or Identi.ca account!
* Tag the Nook Color and Nook on Amazon with
"defectivebydesign". Don't forget to follow up your tagging with
discussion in the tag forum --
* Email Mary Ellen Keating -- <firstname.lastname@example.org> -- Senior Vice
President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Barnes &
Noble, and ask Barnes & Noble to drop DRM from the Nook. Be sure to
BCC us at email@example.com on any emails you send!
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