Going digital requires ‘taking more of a leap rather than a tentative step,’ says Darin Brockman, CEO of the UK’s Firsty Group, which has produced a B2C platform for Faber & Faber among others.
At the Guadalajara Book Fair, Bill McCoy of the IDPF and Pablo Defendini of Safari Books encouraged publishers to abandon DRM, and set their own prices.
O’Reilly Media has become an online distributor for technology e-books offered by John Wiley & Sons, which includes brands such as For Dummies and Sybex.
Humble Bundle is offering a pay-what-you-will, DRM-free bundle of 13 e-books from top SF authors have sold close to $1m of bundles to 68,000 customers.
Los-Proyectos is a new, DRM-free digital first fiction publisher in Buenos Aires whose passion defies cynicism and conventional thinking about e-books.
To DRM or not to DRM? Holland’s BooXtream advocates a third way: digital watermarking, or social DRM, which lets publishers to track a file back to a buyer.
Statements by the UK Publishers Association on DRM have an eerie echo of those made about censorship in China, where policing the mainstream is paramount.
Rod Younger of Books4Spain on why DRM hurts sales and bothers readers — get rid of it, price things fairly, and piracy will take care of itself.
Where do you stand on the question of what effect eliminating DRM would have on piracy in the e-book market? Will it promote, alleviate or have no impact?
The grassroots Publication Standards Project aims ‘to advocate a saner digital publishing landscape,’ while promoting standardization, access and ease of use.