Stephen Downes

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So why aren't e-book readers taking off? The old stand-by excuses - that they are hard to read, and that people prefer books - are falling away as the technology gets better and people become used to reading electronic content. The sticking point is DRM. Still, the author argues, " If publishers stop wanting DRM, it's the end of popular creative arts. Not as we know them, but period." This wiull eventually be overcome, he argues. "Most of them won't admit it now, but on the day iPod was announced, many of Apple's most ardent supporters labeled it the dumbest thing to come out of Cupertino since Pippin. Oh, how they were wrong." Well, maybe. But remember - what's being sold when iPods are sold is not the content - it's the iPod. And that makes all the difference in the world. Via Kairos.

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