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DRM and the Destruction of the Book

pickens (49171) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes "EFF reports that Cory Doctorow spoke to a crowd of about a hundred librarians, educators, publishers, authors, and students at the National Reading Summit on “How to Destroy the Book" and said that "anyone who claims that readers can’t and won’t and shouldn’t own their books are bent on the destruction of the book, the destruction of publishing, and the destruction of authorship itself." Doctorow says that for centuries, copyright has acknowledged that sacred connection between readers and their books and that when you own a book "it’s yours to give away, yours to keep, yours to license or to borrow, to inherit or to be included in your safe for your children" and that "the most important part of the experience of a book is knowing that it can be owned." Now with DRM companies like Amazon can revoke books like 1984 from its customers’ ebook readers. "Anyone who claims that readers can’t and won’t and shouldn’t own their books are bent on the destruction of the book, the destruction of publishing, and the destruction of authorship itself," says Doctorow. "The library of tomorrow should be better than the library of today. The ability to loan our books to more than one person at once is a feature, not a bug.""

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Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30593524)

EFF reports that Cory Doctorow spoke to a crowd of about a hundred librarians, educators, publishers, authors, and students at the National Reading Summit on "How to Destroy the Book" and said that "anyone who claims that readers can't and won't and shouldn't own their books are bent on the destruction of the book [eff.org] , the destruction of publishing, and the destruction of authorship itself." Doctorow says that for centuries, copyright has acknowledged that sacred connection between readers and their books and that when you own a book "it's yours to give away, yours to keep, yours to license or to borrow, to inherit or to be included in your safe for your children" and that "the most important part of the experience of a book is knowing that it can be owned." Now with DRM companies like Amazon can revoke books like 1984 from its customers' ebook readers [slashdot.org] . "For some reason publishing has set out to convince readers that they have no business reading their books as property--that they shouldn't get attached to them. The worst part of this is that they may in fact succeed," writes Doctorow. "The library of tomorrow should be better than the library of today. The ability to loan our books to more than one person at once is a feature, not a bug [thevarsity.ca] ."

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