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!