|07-31-2005, 01:19 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
2006 a breakout year for e-books?
Roger Sperberg has good faith that next year will mark the breakout year for e-books. Three preconditions are likely to be met by then, he argues:
|07-31-2005, 05:10 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Device: Opus/System76 Starling
But I still don't see any good, relatively cheap, dedicated eBook readers available.
For DRM to work, it will first have to lock the eBook to the person. Not to the device, reader, credit card, etc. I see this as a wonderful use of public key encryption - that the gov't definately doesn't like us to have.
But the main issue is resale value. When I buy a $30 book, part of the value I get is resale. If I don't like it, get tired of it, etc., I can sell the book at a partial cost. DRM takes this away. So the price of a DRMed eBook will have to be significantly lowered.
On top of that, we realize that an eBook costs much less than a paper book in every way. There is simply no justification for an eBook to cost even close what a paper version does - especially if the reader is shouldering the burden of purchasing a reader for it.
The bottom line is that between DRM and a demand for low prices, the value of an eBook will be so close to nothing as to be nothing.
This is all assuming, of course, that the DRM system isn't cracked 24 hours after coming out.
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