The Tipping Point: Why the Future of E-books is DRM Free
DRM remains one of the most contentious topics among e-book publishers, with strong opinions held both in favor of and against protecting content with restrictive technology. Publishers are afraid of loosening restrictions on e-books for fear of piracy, and they have been hesitant to embrace unlimited user models because of their perceived impact on sales. Unfortunately, the impact of that trepidation is that we are hindering legitimate student use and often actually weakening e-book sales.
This panel will present usability studies of DRM limitations and librarian perspectives on buying and offering restricted content to end-users. It will also relate publisher experiences providing DRM-free ebooks – how it has impacted piracy and pricing and how our thinking has evolved over time. Through these perspectives, we hope to uncover how best to help libraries meet user demand and to engage publishers in a discussion of their concerns and licensing strategies.