Apple to Use FairPlay DRM in iBooks

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Of course Apple won’t be doing anything as revolutionary as selling DRM-free eBooks through iBooks, but of course no one expects that, and of course most publishers won’t allow that to happen. Looks like Apple will be using its own FairPlay DRM tech to encrypt eBooks sold through iBooks, according to The LA Times.

Remember that Apple finally got rid of DRM for music in iTunes a year ago. That’s not a strategy the book industry is currently looking to embrace, with the exception, most notably, of O’Reilly.

Here’s an explanation of how FairPlay works at WikiPedia. The entry explains what gets sent back and forth between Apple’s servers and iTunes to encrypt Apple’s content.