Rainbow eBooks Shuts Down – Back Up Your eBooks

RainbowEbooksLogo1[1]Here’s a reminder that the ebooks you buy aren’t actually yours.

Rainbow eBooks, an indie ebookstore focused on the niche LGBTQ market, is shutting down. They sent out an email today announcing that they will stop selling ebooks at the end of the month, and that the servers will be turned off at the end of the year.

If you bought ebooks from this ebookstore you should probably make sure you have downloaded a copy of your purchases. And just to be safe, you should probably also remove the DRM. This is the same advice I gave when Books on Board abruptly closed its doors in April, and it is just as valid today as it was them.

The only way you can really own the content you buy is if you remove the DRM and other restrictions that are placed on it. You can’t have ownership without control, and you don’t actually control a DRMed ebook.


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. Pierre17 September, 2013

    Does this bookshop use DRM? I could not find any info about that on their site and never bought any books there. Wouldn’t Adobe DRM of watermarks just work fine even without hte bookshop still around? You unlock the books through Adobe, not the bookshops servers.

    Note: I am against DRM, and removing it from your books (though not legal in my country) is always a wise thing, but I just wanted to make sure that I understood the problem that you are referring to in this post.

  2. Chris19 September, 2013

    Rainbow eBooks did not sell books with DRM, so just having good backups of your books should be sufficient.


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