According to Scholastic’s 2012 press release, Storia (the DRMed ebook collection currently affected) allowed students and teachers to purchase ebooks and share them with up to 10 family members/students via its proprietary app. (The app is the DRM. Scholastic purchases don’t work outside of it. To quote its now-vanished FAQs page: “Storia eBooks are designed with unique learning features and enrichments that make them readable only while using the Storia eReading app.”) It also included enhanced content to encourage readers to dig deeper into unfamiliar subjects and allow teachers to connect with downloaded books via Smartboards and other computers. All in all, not a terrible product and one that comes from a particularly trusted name in academic publishing.
That’s all coming to an end now.