chris.ph wrote:calibre for me as well
But the plugin for removing DRM with Calibre still depends on Windows libraries, doesn't it? And without somehow removing the Adobe DRM I still can't do anything with Adobe protected ebooks, not even reading them. Not on my operating systems at least. I'm not even sure if you can properly download those ebooks without Adobe Digital Editions, I thought the software did something to the ebook and that without that something you cannot even crack the DRM, although I'm not entirely sure about this. The acsm file (which you get from those ebook stores and is supposed to be opened by Adobe Digital Editions) does contain a URL to a protected version of the ebook, but to my knowledge it is not possible to crack it without using WINE or Windows).
So basically, using Calibre for Adobe DRM protected ebooks appears to be an awful lot of trouble for a Linux user (either that or I really don't understand Calibre and its plugins, but I'm pretty sure it's not possible to use those ebooks without also using Windows libraries). I don't think using Adobe protected ebooks is an option for me.
EDIT: Just checked the facts again, just to be sure I didn't make anything up by accident. I was right, to make the Adobe-protected ebooks usable on Linux, I need to strip them if their DRM (which BTW is illegal) and doing so requires WINE, which is a program that works very badly. It's like turning your Linux installation into a half Windows half Linux Frankenstein monster. So that makes Adobe DRM not an option. I won't say I'm always a law abiding citizen, but I would like the idea of being able to support my favourite author without having to get involved with illegal activity simply because I want to use the ebooks on Linux. That's all I'm asking for, legally using Discworld ebooks on Linux, but I suspect Adobe has made this impossible.
So yeah, what this boils down to is that I cannot legally read ebooks protected by Adobe's ADEPT DRM. If there are no Discworld ebooks for sale that do not have this DRM, then effectively the people that are trying to get everyone to read ebooks legally will have ensured that I, as a Linux-user, cannot read ebooks legally. Quite ironic.