Filed under: Book news
Boy Genius Report’s Marc Flores broke the news that an Israeli programmer managed to break the DRM for Kindle books so that titles can be downloaded onto any device:
The hacker, known only as Labba, posed a challenge on a hacker forum and was quickly aided by other programmers to discover the hack for the Kindle. They were essentially able to break the DRM protection and find a way to get the eBooks converted to an open format and into PDF files. This allows the files to be read on several eReaders, not just the Kindle. Now we have to wait and see what Amazon will do to patch things up, but Labba says whenever Amazon does release a software solution, he will be able to hack it again – just like the iPhone getting jailbroken with every software update. Or, you know, you can just buy paper books.