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npr Story on DRM in eBooks

npr’s All Things Considered program had a really nice piece on ebooks and DRM – the good and the bad.  You can listen or read it here.

In the story, authors are presented as anti-DRM, no restrictions, they want people to read their material not be locked out by restrictions.  In contrast, the Amazon Kindle VP states that they have very little complaints about DRM restrictions and a publisher is portrayed as a DRM supporter.  The author, Laura Sydell, says “But DRM could become a problem if the Kindle goes bust — then all those people who bought Kindle eBooks with DRM will have no way to read them because no other device can open the files.”  I think that VP of Kindle will start getting the complaints then!  Guess this shouldn’t surprise me, the companies who will make the most profit from publishing a title want restrictions and the authors, who probably only get 10%, want it open!