Call to end ebook DRM
Bookseller advocates abandoning Digital Rights Management (DRM) backed by big publishers. Major book publishers should abandon the use of technology that limits how their copyrighted digital material is used by readers after sale, according to Matteo Berlucchi, CEO social e-retailer Anobii, speaking at the Digital Book World Conference. He argues that DRM, prevents more readers from buying e-books and may actually encourage piracy of copyrighted material. This may be “significant” because Anobii is partially owned by the UK arms of three major publishing companies, HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House.
DRM can prove a barrier to accessing ebooks. Does this herald a shift?