Saturday, January 15, 2011

Magellan Media's Brian O'Leary: Data Needs to Drive eBook Piracy Debate

Jenn Webb, O'Reilly Media (via Forbes) Interviews O'Leary: "As digital book publishing continues to expand at a rapid pace to meet reader demands, piracy rears its head at the forefront of many a discussion in publisher circles. Many publishers respond to the perceived threat with strict digital rights management (DRM) software. But is this the best solution? And does it even provide protection from piracy?" O’Leary (@brianoleary) discusses "the current state of book piracy, how measurement data isn’t sufficient to determine its impact, and why DRM is a poor anti-piracy tool." Note: New Street Communications, LLC never inflicts DRM on the purchasers/readers of its eBooks.