If given the choice, would you rather pay $5.99 for a DRM-free version of an ebook or $4.61 for a version that has digital rights management software?
DRM, a hot-button issue for publishing’s digirati, is in the news again as several independent bookstores have filed a lawsuit against Amazon and the six largest U.S. publishers alleging anti-competitive behavior stemming from DRM agreements.
Authors, who generally favor DRM for a variety of reasons, and agents, who advocate for authors, are not considered in this thinking. But neither are readers. Do most readers know what DRM is or how it affects them? And of those who do, how much do they care? (Read: How much of a premium, if any, would they pay for DRM-free ebooks? Our guess, either zero or nothing – take your pick.)
We at DBW have a somewhat unique situation that directly relates to this. Our first ebook, Finding the Future of Digital Book Publishing, is available as a DRM-free ebook from the DBW store for $5.99 or as an Amazon Kindle ebook with DRM for $4.61. Which would you prefer? Read more.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
More on Indie Bookstores vs. Amazon, Big Six (The Verge)
More on the big story of the week from Tim Carmody, “Just when these publishers settled for colluding against Amazon, they’re being charged for colluding with Amazon.”
Innovative Publishing (DBW)
We sat down with the author (and publisher) of a Publishing Innovation Award-winning ebook to find out how he did it, what he would have done differently and what he’s working on that we can look forward to.
No More Tax Break for Ebooks? (Bloomberg)
The European Commission is suing France and Luxembourg (where Amazon’s European operations are based) for defying a law that sets a standard value-added tax rate for books. In France, the 7% tax on ebooks is below the 19.6% tax usually charged on books. In Luxembourg, the ebook VAT is 3% versus 15% on books. No court dates have been set.
Change Agent: Penguin’s Jeff Gomez (DBW)
“It’s up to writers to invent new forms, and then it’ll be up to publishers – if they wish to remain the gatekeepers of literary culture – to find a way to get them to the public.” From literary agent Jason Allen Ashlock’s interview with Penguin vice president of online consumer sales and marketing (and self-published author) Jeff Gomez.
Future-Proofing Your Publishing Career (Pub Perspectives)
How many unemployed (not by choice) software developers do you know? Understanding technology could be the key to maintaining and advancing your publishing career. Here are ten posts that will get you started.
Reselling Ebooks Illegal? (The Digital Reader)
Debatable. The Digital Reader breaks it down.
The Week That Was (Jane Friedman)
DBW expert blogger and publishing industry gadabout Porter Anderson sums up the week that was in publishing with his usual flair.
Apple to Enhance iPad Reading Experience? (CNet)
Apple has filed a new patent to create a floating toolbar in its iPad reading experience that would improve note-taking and annotation.
Bribe Your Librarian (Book Riot)
Apparently it’s the best way to have them create for you a Netflix for books. We thought that was something start-ups were working on….
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