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Posts tagged DRM

New Blog Post: eBook DRM and unDRM 

I had the honour of moderating a panel on eBook DRM technology for the W3C earlier this week, and I’ve taken the liberty of expanding upon my presentation and providing some more talking points.

The main thrust of the argument: there are good and useful end-user features that we can build using the same technology normally used for restrictions. As long as we’re using this tech, let’s do the good things too.

Click through the link for the full post on my new blog.

O'Reilly: 79% of our book sales are eBooks 

I can probably tell you why O’Reilly is doing so well in the eBook market today: They are the only publisher to require no DRM on their eBooks.

Every other publisher I know of has an explicit requirement in their vendor contracts that the vendor must implement some form of DRM to be applied to the publisher’s eBooks, and that such DRM must be maintained against attack. O’Reilly bucked the trend by requiring the exact opposite: vendors absolutely must not place DRM on books from O’Reilly Publishing.

Now they’re selling them like hotcakes. Even though they’re selling them to a tech-savvy audience, which is arguably the most likely to be able to disseminate these eBooks to all their friends.

Bravo guys. Let’s hope the rest of them take note and follow suit.