20 July 2019
Springerville RV
Springerville, AZ

The DRM removal issue research is completed. I found four websites that offer the software to do it. Only one of them offer software that runs on Linux/Ubuntu and they say that it is not designed to strip DRM from 'borrowed' books.

The other three have software for Windows and Mac with one of the three saying that their software is not for 'borrowed' books. I have sent emails to the other two asking two questions:
Will their Windows software run in Linux with Wine installed?
Will their Windows software remove DRM from 'borrowed' books?
I have received one reply "I'm not sure...download the trial version to make a full test". This was from their Support which gives me a good idea of what kind of help I might receive.
When I think about it I realize that you as the buyer of a book made from "dead trees' have the right to do what you want with it i.e. loan it, sell it, give it away, write in the margins. You don't have those rights with a DRM protected ebook so stripping away the DRM for purchased books makes sense. That is not true of 'borrowed' books so you should not be able to do so.

I am now researching the various ereaders that I can use with Adobe Digital Editions. The two contenders are Fire 8 and Kobo Clara HD with the nod going to the Fire because of price and to Kobo because it runs a Linux OS and works right out of the box. I'll make up my mind when I finish reading the DRM PDF format book that I now have in Adobe Digital Editions on my Toshiba.

The Park was almost full to capacity this morning when we went out for our walk. I had an overnighter in the westside space that left before 8:00 this morning but I suspect I'll have someone else in there before the day is done. The only open spaces were in the center row pull-thrus which could also fill up today.

...the trade mechanism which was proposed last summer - designed to circumvent both SWIFT as well as US sanctions banning trade with Iran - called Instex, is now operational.
And while we await for the White House to threaten Europe with even greater tariffs unless it ends this special purpose vehicle - it already did once back in May when it warned that anyone associated with the SPV could be barred from the U.S. financial system if it goes into effect - a response from the US is now assured, because in the biggest attack on the dollar as a reserve currency to date, on Thursday, Russia signaled its willingness to join the controversial payments channel, and has called on Brussels to expand the new mechanism to cover oil exports, the FT reported. Source

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