They are not all treating the customer as a criminal and we MUST give our business to the ones who treat us right and walk away from the others, else perhaps one day the ones who treat us better will go "why bother?"
- I buy ebooks without DRM and in fairly standard formats only. no exception.
After all I tend to accumulate computers, and tend to buy open or bargain devices, so I dont want to buy something that limits where I install it, how many times I read it etc.
Thankfully there are too many books I might want to read so if one is not available except with DRM, I skip it - can always buy it on paper (used) or borrow it from the library.
I find that often the version you buy from the portals have single-device formats with DRM added (on some, even to public domain texts, what gives?) but often if you go on the author's or publisher's web site directly you can buy it in other formats
What I currently have ebooks from, all DRM free
- several subscription magazines
- books from baen, subterreanean press, angry robot (yes, well, it's all speculative fiction)
- tech books from manning, pakt and oreilly
- books direct from authors
I read them on the iriver Cover Story, which is a nice device that is fairly open in its format support
It does help if you can have the "too many books too little time" attitude (and similarly in music), the idea that you dont have to have this very specific tome and can just walk away if it is too expensive or too restricted...