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SURVEY: Should E-Book Publishers Abandon the Use of DRM?

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

DRM for e-books continues to be a contentious issue. As noted in our article from earlier this week — “Does E-book Sharing Create Economic Damage?”: Several publishers have opted to move to non-DRM formats — and other, such as O’Reilly, have been at the vanguard of arguing for elimination altogether (they prefer watermarking the books). It would promote sharing, interoperability and a genuine sense of trust between publisher and reader.

Opponents cite the potential for piracy as the main concern, that and there’s the fact DRM favors the existing power structure in publishing, in so far as it creates silos (real or imagined) around content.

Yes, we know it’s an oversimplification of a very big issue, but tell us where do you stand.

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Let us know what you think in the comments.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I am more convinced than ever that many authors have been happily mislead by the overseas eBook piracy centers in Eastern Europe and Asia on the issue of DRM. Abandoning DRM is like giving out endless free print copies of your new book on the day it is published, and continuing to do so for the rest of time.

    Do people really understand what techno piracy is? That the EXACT same eBook edition as your unprotected eBook instantly goes into distribution around the world, with zero revenue ever collected by the publisher or the author?

    I know there are severe economic hardships through Eastern Europe and Asia, but why would authors and businesses give away all their money to these people? Chinese publishers don’t even PUBLISH eBooks because the entire eBook industry there is based on selling “free” copies of DRM-free editions!

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