Sunday, January 30, 2005

DRM & ebooks

I have been following DRM doscussion on Manning publisher's blog, and dropped my own comment in
A note on Safari: it is not a competition to your current method of distribution at all (even if they promote it as such). Their books are TOO annoying to reas AS books. What Safari is occasionally useful for is looking things up, sort of MSDN for open source technologies. Whether that justifies the pricetag I will leave to my employer, but they are not ebooks.
Another note on piracy. People who stuff their HDs with pirated ebooks are not lost customers (which is not the case with movies) - the effort to actually read a book is much greater. So while I am not saying that piracy is a big problem, I am suggesting that it cannot be judged by the traffic of pirated material on the networks.
Lastly, piracy's role as advertising should not be ignored. Software companies have long known this fact and incorporated it into the way they persecute violators. I occasionally use the networks as the "ultimate try and by" mechanizm - I downloaded a physics lecture from ripped from a CD and that led to over a thousand $ of business for them.


At February 4, 2005 at 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly, I am told that non-corporate (private) subscribers to Safari have the option of downloadable versions. This sounds kind of backwards, but that's what Kevin told me.

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