Even the Denver Public Library is writing about it: you don’t own your ebooks. You own a license to that ebook.

This thought process is bizarre to me. It reminds me of the arguments of Pinterest… and then even the heady days of RSS. “But they’re stealing our content!” No, that’s how you propogate content. Content is marketing. Get your content out there, then worry about the dollars.

Few consumers consider any real difference between an ebook and a paper book. This is the same thing. “I bought this book. I should be able to use it on any device I own.” While the RIAA wields its flashing sword of DRM against other media rights, now ebook advocates are starting to recognize their own literary version. If you buy a book on Kindle, should you be allowed to use it on Kobo, Nook, Mac, PC, iPad, Android…

The fight’s going to rage for a while. I suspect ebooks will accept a DRM-free life long before movies or music; we’re fighting for the health of the industry, as well as our own paychecks. Making an ebook unwieldy is a great way to never sell a copy.

For the record, if you happen to buy one of my books, find your copy disappeared or if you need a version switch, just drop me a line. I’ll take care of it for you.

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