Remember that one of the problems with DRM is that it is all-too-easily cracked? And that cracks for the most commonly-used e-book formats (Mobipocket, MS Reader, eReader) can be found on-line in about five minutes of Google searching?
It may have happened again. Mobileread reports that a cracker claims to have figured out how to strip Adobe ADEPT DRM from ADEPT-protected ePub files. "It is the real deal. I’ve done it and it works,” reports a Mobileread forum poster who tried it.
Although Apple famously updated its iTunes program to break cracks each time a new one surfaced to decrypt iTunes store music, most e-book vendors seem to have taken a lassez-faire approach—none of the e-book format manufacturers have updated to render cracks invalid, not even Microsoft. If this ADEPT crack is valid, it remains to be seen which approach Adobe will take.