The Washington Post wants You to strip DRM

I exaggerated slightly. Rob Pegaro doesn't go so far as to tell readers to remove the DRM,  but he does raise the possibility. I found this in tomorrow's Washington Post Sunday Edition:

Q: I have some books and stories in .lit format. Is there a way to open the files to read them?

A: Microsoft seems to have forgotten this format, concocted back when it had ambitions of providing a standard for electronic book publishing. It still provides software downloads (, but most haven't been updated in years.

If your .lit books aren't locked with "digital rights management" restrictions, use the free, open-source Calibre ( to convert them to a more current, compatible format, such as ePub. If they are locked, you can try to "activate" a Windows computer to read them at Or you could use a conversion tool suggested in Microsoft Reader's Wikipedia entry, the free and open-source Convert LIT (

Think about this incompatibility risk before you get too excited about some new e-book reader with a proprietary, DRM-addled format.

It's good advice (I would have said much the same), but removing DRM is illegal in the US.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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