Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers’ Account

Pearson has just informed its customers that it is shunting down its ebookstore at, and that it will be deleting purchased ebooks by 30 April 2018.

Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers' Account DRM eBookstore

While the ebooks don't have encryption DRM and thus could be regarded as DRM-free, Pearson does use digital watermarks to invisibly identify the buyer of the ebook.

I am still seeking confirmation from Pearson, but my source, Axel Rauschmayer, writes that he:

Bought DRM-free ebook “Effective JS” a while ago. Now Pearson tells me:

  • They’ll remove it from my account
  • To rub it in, they let me know they still offer it on another platform

Very disappointed. Not surprised that Amazon and DRM are winning for ebooks.

To be honest, I have trouble summoning sympathy. Yes, Axel is going to lose access to the cloud copy, but the ebook he bought will continue to work after April 2017, and he didn't have to break any laws to make that happen.

In comparison to the closure of Fictionwise, when many thousands of customers lost their purchases, or when Google bricked the Revolv smart hubs, or Amazon when it shut down its pre-Kindle bookstore, this story is less a tragedy than a reminder of why one should always have a local backup.

About Nate Hoffelder (10071 Articles)
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."

4 Comments on Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers’ Account

  1. Dear not-so valued customer,
    We are changing the rules, pray we don’t change them further …

  2. Should we point out that in the deep mists of time, Amazon once did the same thing?

    Don’t trust anyone – businesses change or close for all kinds of reasons. Always keep a backup!

  3. will/is a Pearson store that will continue to sell IT related books, eBooks, and video training. Most eBooks are watermarked/DRM-Free and available as PDF, EPUB, and MOBI.

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