Here’s what I’ve been reading (and listening to) this week:
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!