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

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.