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.

Be sure to check out links to lots of other stories like these that we post on our Twitter feed and Facebook page throughout the week.

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).

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