What the eBook industry can learn from the music industry about DRM [Comic]

DRM (Digital Rights Management) was invented to prevent people from pirating or stealing digital intellectual property. An unintended consequence of DRM was pissing people off by locking down their content to one machine. The music industry quickly learned music sells better DRM-free. eBook industry? Yeah, not so much…


[via Manu Cornet]

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  • Marge

    There are DRM-free books – Baen has had on-line DRM-free books for sale & on-line & CD books as freebies in multiple formats for years (’bout 20 years, I think).

  • Gonzo

    I’m not much into digital music; however I assume this is talking about iTunes and the likes (huge music stores).
    There are though some companies seeling DRM-free ebooks; for instance, when it comes to tech books, I love O’Reilly, not only because they have a huge variety, but many of their e-/books are great and all DRM-free (you even get the ebook in several formats). And they have sales pretty often, where you get 50% off the regular price. I still think they should lower the prices, but it’s ok.

  • thegreenwizard

    I don’t know, beside tech books, once I read it, I don’t want it. That why I use libraries.