4 thoughts on “★ Audiobooks and DRM”

  1. So what is Apple’s stated reas­on­ing for con­tinu­ing to demand DRM on audiobooks? I mean they ditched it for music. I always thought it was Audible that was the stick­ing point.

  2. Yes, that’s what I thought, and that’s what makes this so sur­pris­ing. It sounds to me like the mech­an­ism they have in place just pre­sup­poses the exist­ence of a DRM policy and they don’t have a work­flow altern­at­ive that lacks it.

  3. I was not much of a fan of audiobooks up until recently. I often felt the nar­rat­or didn’t fit “my vis­ion” of what the char­ac­ters should sound like and that sort of spoilt it for me. Stephen Fry doing H Potter was an excep­tion and maybe I was just unlucky because recently I’ve been listen­ing to the abridged ver­sion of Iain Banks’ Transition read by Peter Kenny. It’s avail­able as a free non-DRM pod­cast at iTunes Store, and it’s really a great listen. The story is good, and the nar­ra­tion superb. If stand­ard audiobooks were like this (I mean unen­cumbered by DRM, and great qual­ity) I would cer­tainly buy a lot more.

  4. I have to say that while the nar­ra­tion of Transition was very good, I was under­whelmed by the book itself. It seemed rather rushed.

    I was really look­ing for­ward to an Audiobook of Wordsworth’s poetry — until I listened to the nar­rat­or. He sounds like an American put­ting on a camp English accent. In that case, though, I gave Audible a phone call and they let me send the book back, vir­tu­ally, which was nice.

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