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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.
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.
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.
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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