Slightly OT: How DRM screws consumers, Example 4,231
This may not be of interest to you if you A) don’t know what DRM is and/or don’t care, or B) don’t own a Kindle. But given our regular discussion of new media and digital commerce, this story about DRM nightmares with Amazon’s popular new ebook reader sure does feel like a cautionary tale about the kind of roadblocks that may spring up on the information superhighway as we get further and further into the age of digital culture (and technological advances and planned obsolescence begin to create legacy issues with all the digital products we own like music, and books, and downloaded software).
Or maybe the story is just a good example of how much digital commerce is still like the wild-west in many ways. I’m no economic historian, so maybe the development of ecommerce infrastructure is right where you’d expect it to be, or maybe even ahead of what historical models would predict.
But no matter. I liked the story. Or rather, it intrigues me (in a baffled sort of way) to read about a company like Amazon, a real pioneer of online bidness, struggling so basically to get DRM right with a product as popular and genuinely revolutionary as the Kindle.Email this Post