Manning Has A Clue, Then Loses It

I was buying a book online. This one in fact: Lucene in Action and I thought that while I was at it I would check out what other titles Manning might be offering. I purchased an ebook of a Struts title from them a while back because I could get it immediately and because it was a simple PDF. No stupid site I have to access it through (raise your hand Safari/O’Reilly) and no *&#*ing “digital rights management” (DRM). DRM is a code-word for, “All the rights for us, none for you. But you can still pay us the same or more. OK?”
Unfortunately, the first book I looked at was another Struts title from Manning and it included this wonderful tidbit…”Ebook edition not available. (Due to excessive piracy of this type of book,
we will release it as an ebook when a new ebook protection mechanism becomes available in the coming months.)”
I have a better idea Manning. Don’t bother. I cancelled my Safari subscription and I don’t think I’m likely to start it up again. I’m not going to download any ebooks from you if they are crippled in any way. So you can save yourself time on looking for the DRM technology and just simply cease putting out books in ebook form at all.

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3 thoughts on “Manning Has A Clue, Then Loses It

  1. Adam Kruszewski

    I couldn’t agree more.
    A while age I have bought (analogue ;)) book directly from Manning just for included e-book (amazon had it cheaper as always). But if they plan to restrict their ebooks usage, which implicitly disables reading them on PocketPC and similar devices then what use they are for?
    What are those marketoids smoking?
    Cheers,
    a.

  2. Mike Shoemaker

    I purchased the Spring Live book from SourceBeat and was very disappointed when I found out that copy/paste was disabled. I’m fine with entering my account password everytime I open the document but requiring me to type all the code samples by hand or download periodic samples in time from the website is a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE move. I will not buy another book from them. I’m all for the author’s getting their fair share, but not at the expense of the customer.

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