Going DRM Free and What It Means, Plus Pew Surveys for Libraries: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary
April 27, 2012
Posted in: News
Every year On the Media examines the publishing industry. This year’s show featured several segments on e-books, including ones about Amazon and its business practices; what Pottermore has done for e-books; and Randall White, CEO and president of Ehttp://www.onthemedia.org/2012/apr/20/DC — a company that chose to withdraw from selling its e-books on Amazon’s website.
This week, Tor/Forge announced that it was going to sell its e-books DRM free by July of this year. Tor/Forge is a publisher of science fiction and fantasy books, and is a subsidiary of Macmillan. The company stated that both readers and authors demanded DRM-free materials, and noted in its statement that DRM prevents readers from “using legitimately-purchased ebooks in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”
ReadWriteWeb analyzes what it means for a Big Six subsidiary to drop DRM on its titles. Michael Kelley wrote a reaction piece regarding DRM, e-books and libraries at The Digital Shift. Other reactions are available at TeleRead.
The Digital Shift is presenting a series of articles titled Exploring E-Book Options that looks at different e-book platforms available to libraries. Sue Polanka, creator of No Shelf Required (a blog about electronic content in libraries), wrote an article for this series covering the entire e-book and library landscape. Her article discusses all of the available options, plus what libraries should consider when evaluating them.
PaidContent published an interesting piece that includes a conversation with an industry executive about why he chooses to break the DRM on e-books that he purchases.
Finally, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is now surveying library users and staff about their experiences with e-books. There are two separate surveys available. The first is targeted at librarians; in order to complete it, you will need to email Kathryn Zickuhr (kzickuhr *at sign* pewinternet.org) with the subject line “Library Password” to get the URL and login information for the survey. The second survey is aimed at library users, and is available here: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/participate/survey/e-book-borrowers. This second survey is for library users is not password protected.
Contributing Editor Lindsay Barber writes our weekly e-content news posts along with contributions from the Library Renewal Editorial Team (incl. Colin Wilkins, Matt Weaver and Michael Porter).