Bought a 2nd hand iPad 2, have a sync question

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    I bought a damaged iPad 2 from a quy I work with and it has a bunch of books on it that I would like to keep. I already have an iPad first ten sync'd to my Macbook Pro. If I sync the new one also, will all the books disappear from the the 2? Guy I bought if from doesn't care if I keep them but probably not ethical to keep them, right?

    A little guidance would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    JB
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    Are books like apps and you can put them on 5 devices? probably not an ethical thing to do since you did not pay for them.
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    The guy you bought the ipad from could have deleted the books if he didnt want you to have them, so im guessing he didnt mind/care. But i thought ipods/ipads didnt sync back and forth only from itunes to device right? And never the other way around.

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    What happens if u install an app right on the device? It will show up on iTunes.
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    If the books are public domain, there is no ethical concern. But if they are public domain you will find it easy enough to download them again for free. Make a list of the ones you want.

    If they are DRM books in iBooks or Kindle, then they are not yours. Nor did the guy who sold the iPad have a right to sell or give them away. Most DRM stuff that is not directly tied to a piece of media or hardware can not be transferred to a new owner. It stays with the original purchasers account.

    As such, the only way to keep it would be to also have the original account. Apple and most other companies prohibit the transfer of accounts. I imagine it would be a major headache to track licensing if they did. Or you can just say it's all greed. That's the popular explanation. ;)

    The short of it is that there is no legal way for you to keep these books. Or if they are legal to keep you can just download them again anyway.

    Like I said. Make a list of the ones you really want. If they are not free when you go looking for them again take solace in the fact that by paying for them you are encouraging that author to write another good book for you to read, and maybe his/her kids will get an iPad for their birthday. :D

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