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Friday, November 16, 2007

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Alex Tolley

2 good comment threads on Charlie Stross' blog about ebooks. The 2nd is more about DRM. Ebooks fail for 3 reasons:

1. The specialized reader is way too expensive. The reader often only reads proprietary formats, rather than open formats.
2. The books are too expensive given their distribution costs. (your point).
3. DRM violates a basic principle of ownership - the right to sell the product after using it. This, coupled with the inconvenience just kills the potential market.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/
2007/03/why_the_commercial_ebook
_marke.html#comments

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/
2007/08/why_drm_sucks_redux.html#comments

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