O’Reilly Press has started to offer a small number of their high-tech titles as DRM-free PDFs, 30 in all and 12 of which work on the Kindle. Now, remember please that DRM-free doesn’t mean "open access free." You can choose to buy a print title or a DRM-free electronic title (or both). The DRM-free e-copies cost less, typically. The publishing industry has been dabbling in DRM-free content to see how it resonates with the market, and I think we will slowly see a slow release of the tight-fisted control, and the many problems and costs, associated with DRM. Congratulations to O’Reilly for walking the walk.
July 23, 2008
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