DRM Defeats Sony’s Excerpting Feature

This might not be a new feature, but the mention of it in this video of the new Sony Readers caught my attention:

At 1:30 in:

If I plug this into my computer, all of that is exported into a Word document.

He demonstrates highlighting text. This is a feature touted by the new Kindle too, with the most-highlighted excerpts publicly shared in the Cloud (if sharing is turned on) or just put in a personal Kindle web page for an owner’s reference.

What I wondered was, Would DRM actually allow this?

I asked @artistikem, who has a Sony Reader 600 Touch Edition (the prior model) to update her Sony Library and try this feature.

She did, and highlighted two sample texts: one DRMed, one DRM-free.

See the results in screensnaps after the break.

The first two screensnaps are from the DRM-free Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Here is the page in the Reader Library desktop software:


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And here is the Word document with the highlighted passages:


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The full excerpts are there.

The next two screensnaps are from a DRMed version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Girl Who Played with Fire. (Oops!) Here is the page in the Reader Library desktop software:


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And here is the Word document with the highlighted passages:


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The excerpts are cut off! The DRM does not allow full excerpting.

It makes me wonder about the exact usefulness of the Word export feature if all someone will wind up with is a few words that gut the meaning of the highlighted text.

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  1. Pingback: New Sony Reader lets you export your notes, highlights, and annotations

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