DRM in Publishing
From Publisher’s Weekly, “A Whip to Beat Us With” by Cory Doctorow on the perils of DRM (also known as TPMs)
Author Culture “Authors Against DRM” by Tommie Lyn
Publishers must always keep sight of the fact that readers are an important part of the equation.
We have constructed the Readers’ Bill of Rights for Digital Books as a set of guidelines that can be consulted when purchasing a digital book, a collection of electronic books, or an ebook reading device. We especially hope it will be useful for those who purchase said items for permanent library collections.
As readers of traditional print materials, we are already guaranteed all of these rights–and we should not be denied them due to the medium in which we are reading.
The Readers’ Bill of Rights for Digital Books:
1. Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials
2. Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety
3. Digital Books should be in an open format (e.g. you could read on a computer, not just a device)
4. Choice of hardware to access books (e.g. in 3 years when your device has broken, you can still read your book on other hardware)
5. Reader information will remain private (what, when and how we read will not be stored, sold or marketed)
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