The Dilemma of Digital Rights Management
There is a brooding dilemma in the twilight zone between analog and print publishing products that just might take the Wisdom of Solomon to resolve. The problem is hidden in the DRM jargon of Digital Rights Management. How do we resolve the issues of owning a hard copy of a book or a magazine, but also wanting the digital edition for easy transport and searchability? Should all magazines come with a permission URL so that once I buy the product, I can then download a digital edition too? The same thought is even more important for books. If I buy a printed book, can’t I have the digital rights for that too? Or do I have to purchase the book twice? Does that seem fair? I don’t have the answers to this, but I know that this issue must be resolved to both the publisher’s and the consumer’s satisfaction. E-paper book readers like the Kindle and the Sony Reader are gaining traction. There has to be a smart business formula to complete the successful reading transaction between the satisfied buyer and the profitable seller.
The following link, which has little to do with my ponderings above, but is still a worthwhile read, started me off on this trail of publishing logic.