Blio is the bastard spawn of Bill Gates – It needs to die

I learned a new detail about Blio today and it has changed my opinion. Earlier this week Mike Cane asked me about Blio DRM on Twitter (Here is the site he linked to). I had thought that Blio used Adept DRM on its ebooks. On the off chance that I was wrong, I sent an email to the Blio website and asked them to clarify the DRM question.

Blio will not be using Adept. Instead it will use Microsoft PlayReady.

I will not tolerate a new DRM on a mainstream format. I’m going to make it one of my goals to kill this format as expeditiously as possible. Who’s with me?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane10 September, 2010

    This was the site:

    This post just displaced it as Number 1 when the search term is “blio microsoft drm”.

    How the hell will they cram that DRM into iOS? And Android? And webOS (which they said they plan to do too)?

  2. Fabio Serpa10 September, 2010

    I am!

  3. fjtorres10 September, 2010

    Does it matter what the DRM is?
    It’s a non-ePub format to start with, so why should they pay Adobe for their DRM if they’re not using ADE as the reader app?
    Or is the issue the fact they went with a Microsoft DRM on top of a Microsoft content format? Would it be any better if they used Fairplay? Or B&N’s DRM?
    Might as well get ready to start hating on XMDF when it hits out west. Cause it’s doubtful Sharp is going to pay the Adobe tax either.
    I’m thinking there’s too much attention on DRM and especially Adept. It’s just one of a bunch of proprietary padlocks on content. Or a placebo for publishers; take your pick.
    DRM is pretty low on my list of ebook grievances. (Pricing, geo-restrictions, pricing, crappy proofing, pricing…)

    1. Nate the great10 September, 2010

      The Sharp format is a media format, not ebooks, so I really don’t care about it. It’s never going to dent ebooks.

      1. Mike Cane10 September, 2010

        Given Sharp’s mishandling of the Zaurus, the only thing they’ll dent is their budget.


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