On the HUFF BOOK site … Three independent bookstores are taking the likes of Amazon and the so-called Big Six publishers (Random House, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan) to court in an attempt to level the playing field for book retailers.
If successful, the lawsuit could completely change how ebooks are sold.
The main complaint is that the digital locking of eBook files prevent them being used on different devices. This is called “digital rights management”, or DRM, stops consumers from transferring any eBook they buy on an Amazon Kindle onto, say, a Nook or Kobo eReader.
Why are books different from other media. Why can’t we have a universal format… (I suspect the usual answer is GREED! – they want as much money for themsleves as possible – you the consumer can go take a hike!!)
Can you imagine in the days of 45’s records, if you couldn’t take your prized Elvis single to play on their Philips radio-gram but you could if he had a Bush ??
Their is JUST TOO MUCH control of digital media – it’s for sharing and distributing. I think Apple started all this malarkey with their iTunes.
STOP IT – One format for all devices please !!