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Welcome to the tools!

This ReadMe_First.txt is meant to give users a quick overview of what is availab
le and how to get started. This document is part of the Tools v6.3.4 archive fro
m Apprentice Alf's Blog:
The is archive includes tools to remove DRM from:
- Kindle ebooks (from Kindle for Mac/PC, eInk Kindles and Kindle for Android).
- Barnes and Noble ePubs
- Adobe Digital Editions ePubs (including Kobo and Google ePubs downloaded to A
- Kobo kePubs from the Kobo Desktop application
- Adobe Digital Editions PDFs
- Mobipocket ebooks
- eReader PDB books
- Scuolabooks (Windows only solution by Hex)
These tools do NOT work with Apple's iBooks FairPlay DRM (see end of this file.)
About the tools
--------------These tools are updated and maintained by Apprentice Alf and Apprentice Harper.
You can find links to the latest updates and get support at Apprentice Alf's blo
If you re-post these tools, a link to the blog would be appreciated.
DeDRM plugin for calibre (Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux)
------------------------------------------------------Calibre is an open source freeware ebook library manager. It is the best tool ar
ound for keeping track of your ebooks. The DeDRM plugin for calibre provides the
simplest way, especially on Windows, to remove DRM from your ebooks. Just insta
ll the DeDRM plugin from the DeDRM_calibre_plugin folder, following the instruct
ions and configuration directions provided in the ReadMe and the help links.
Once installed and configured, you can simply add a DRM book to calibre and the
DeDRMed version will be imported into the calibre database. Note that DRM remova
l only occurs on IMPORT not on CONVERSION or at any other time, not even convers
ion to other formats. If you have already imported DRM books you'll need to remo
ve them from calibre and re-import them.
Linux users should read the section at the end the DeDRM_plugin_ReadMe.txt file.
DeDRM application for Mac OS X users: (Mac OS X 10.4 and above)
--------------------------------------------------------------This application is a stand-alone DRM removal application for Mac OS X users.
For instructions, see the "DeDRM ReadMe.rtf" file in the DeDRM_Macintosh_Applica
tion folder.
N.B. Mac OS X 10.4 users need to take extra steps before using the application,
see the ReadMe.
DeDRM application for Windows users: (Windows XP through Windows 8)

***This program requires that Python and PyCrypto be properly installed.***

***See below for details on recommended versions and how to install them.***
This application is a stand-alone application for Windows users.
For instructions, see the DeDRM_App_ReadMe.txt file in the DeDRM_Windows_Applica
tions folder.
Obok plugin for calibre (Mac OS X, Windows)
------------------------------------------This plugin allows you to import kePub ebooks from your kobo desktop application
. It is separate from the DeDRM application because it has to work in a differen
t way. It will find all the books downloaded to your kobo desktop application, a
nd let you choose which ones to import, removing the DRM as they are imported.
For instructions, see the obok_plugin_ReadMe.txt file in the Obok_calibre_plugin
----------This is a folder of other tools that may be useful for DRMed ebooks from certain
sources or for Linux users. Most users won't need any of these tools.
A Javascript to enable a download button at the B&N website for ebooks that norm
ally won't download to your PC. Only for the adventurous.
This folder contains python scripts that create or extract or fetch encryption k
eyfiles for Barnes and Noble ePubs, Adobe Digital Editions ePubs, Kindle for Mac
/PC and Kindle for Android ebooks.
Definitely only for the adventurous, this folder contains information on how to
modify the Kindle for Android app to b able to get a PID for use with the other
Kindle tools (DeDRM apps and calibre plugin). This is now of historical interest
only, as Android support has now been added to the tools more simply.
Contains the standalone obok python script for removing DRM from kePubs download
ed using the kobo desktop application.
Information about the now-obsolete Rocket ebook format and DRM, along with sourc
e for a tool to remove the DRM.
A windows-only application (including source code) for removing DRM from ScuolaB
ooks PDFs, created by "Hex" and included with permission.
Windows and Python
-----------------We **strongly** recommend ActiveState's Active Python 2.7 Community Edition for
Windows. This can be downloaded for free from:

We do **NOT** recommend the version of Python from as it is missing v

arious Windows specific libraries, does not install the Tk Widget kit (for graph
ical user interfaces) by default, and does not properly update the system PATH e
nvironment variable. Therefore using the default build on Windows is
simply an exercise in frustration for most Windows users.
In addition, Windows Users need one of PyCrypto OR OpenSSL. Because of potential
conflicts with other software, we recommend using PyCrypto.
For PyCrypto:
There are many places to get PyCrypto installers for Windows. One such place
Please get the latest (currently 2.6) PyCrypto meant for Windows Python vers
ion 2.7
For OpenSSL:
Win32 OpenSSL v0.9.8o (8Mb)
(if you get an error message about missing Visual C++
redistributables... cancel the install and install the
below support program from Microsoft, THEN install OpenSSL)
Visual C++ 2008 Redistributables (1.7Mb)
Once Windows users have installed Python 2.7, and the matching OpenSSL OR PyCryp
to pieces, they are ready to run the DeDRM application or individual scripts.

Apple's iBooks FairPlay DRM

--------------------------The only tool that removes Apple's iBooks Fairplay DRM is Requiem by Brahms vers
ion 3.3.6 and works with iTunes 10.5. Requiem 4.0 and later do not remove DRM fr
om ebooks.
Requiem has a Tor website: http://tag3ulp55xczs3pn.onion. To reach the site usin
g Tor, you will need to install Tor ( If you're willi
ng to sacrifice your anonymity, you can use the regular web with tor2web. Just g
o to
Alternatively, you can download it from these download links:
Requiem 3.3.6 for Windows:
MD5: 10ab191f2d86c692d57f6a07b4622cf8
Requiem 3.3.6 for Mac OS X:
MD5: 6d4167d47e6982ddbb8528212198b520
Requiem 3.3.6 source code:
MD5: 1636862796d573c693d56bcc526b60bd
If you have any problems with Requiem, I suggest you contact Brahms directly thr

ough their Tor website.

No support for requiem is provided at Apprentice Alf's blog.
------The original inept and ignoble scripts were by i cabbages
The original mobidedrm and erdr2pml scripts were by The Dark Reverser
The original topaz DRM removal script was by CMBDTC
The original topaz format conversion scripts were by some_updates, clarknova and
Bart Simpson
The original obok script was by Physisticated
The alfcrypto library is by some_updates
The ePub encryption detection script is by Apprentice Alf, adapted from a script
by Paul Durrant
The ignoblekey script is by Apprentice Harper
The DeDRM plugin was based on plugins by DiapDealer and is maintained by Apprent
ice Alf and Apprentice Harper
The DeDRM AppleScript was by Paul Durrant and is maintained by Apprentice Alf an
d Apprentice Harper
The DeDRM python GUI was by some_updates and is maintained by Apprentice Alf and
Apprentice Harper
The Scuolabooks tool is by Hex
Many fixes, updates and enhancements to the scripts and applicatons have been ma
de by many other people. For more details, see the commments in the individual s