You can read Adobe-DRMed ePub on your iPhone or iPod Touch via an app from Txtr, the e-reader hardware company. Download it via the App Store or iTunes and share your impressions with fellow TeleRead community members. My impression is that the app lets you access material from your private bookself on the Txtr server. I wanted test the app, but need to move on. Here’s the word to TeleRead from Txtr’s Josch Bach:
“We are very busy with our eReading platform, and of course, there is an App for it. We might do not feel much love for DRM, but we support it, because a lot of content is not available without. As a more or less accidental by-product, we now have the first iPhone App that works with Adobe-DRMed ePubs. So, if somebody has a Sony-Reader or uses Adobe Digital Editions on their desktop, and want to read their eBooks on an iPhone, too: here is a solution. The txtr App is free and can be activated with any AdobeID.”
I can recall reading of an earlier arrangement allowing the reading of DRMed ePub on an iPhone, but I think that was a German language one, so the Txtr app may be an English-language first. Congrats, guys! And, yes, let’s hope that someday DRM will vanish, a great way to boost competition in e-book apps and open up new software options for e-book-lovers.
Update, 11:29 a.m.: Fran Toolan from NetGalley tells us that the app wouldn’t work with NetGalley’s ACS4 files. Something proprietary causing problems? Further update, 12:48 p.m.: Fran has it working now.