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Consumer or die | FutureBook

Consumer or die | FutureBook | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Jim Griffin, m.d. of OneHouse, was the first keynote, setting out the problems faced by publishers transitioning to digital. "We live in a time when it is voluntary to pay," he said. "I don't pretend it is legally right to not pay, or morally right, but in fact it is a choice people make, they choose whether they are going to pay or not, and increasingly that choice is becoming more viable."

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Books in the Age of the iPad

Books in the Age of the iPad | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

(Straight from 2010 but still up to date) Thoughts on the future of books in the context of the iPad.

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Don't tell me the truth about DRM | FutureBook

Don't tell me the truth about DRM | FutureBook | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

"DRM was a pretty tough ask as a topic for the first show, since it is both complex and contentious. Rights management is effectively just a tool that allows the content owner to exercise some control over how a digital file is used by the end purchaser. But for some anti-DRM zealots it is seen as the last act of an ailing oppressor."

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Circulate ereaders, not ebooks

Circulate ereaders, not ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Libraries have an ebook problem. This is no secret. The problem has been addressed by many–repeatedly and constantly–in both thoughtful …
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Publishing Perspectives : What Comes First, the Platform or the Book?

Publishing Perspectives :  What Comes First, the Platform or the Book? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom says that first you build a platform and then you write a book. But what if you want to do it the other way around? Is one way best?
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Why I won’t read e-books

Why I won’t read e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

"I see the logic at work here. Not only that, I recognize it. I recognize myself in it. This article was written by someone who really loves books. Really. Someone who is sad to see them go, but ultimately someone who has been forced to admit that using an e-reader is more convenient than sticking to real books. I do not agree, but when I look at it from this perspective, I realize that I easily could. I know this same phenomenon has happened in other spheres (music, transportation etc.) and I have not even batted an eye. Old cars mean nothing to me. I actually like booking my own flights. I do not mourn the loss of the CD or the vinyl record. Cassette tapes were pretty cool (I am a child of the 80s after all) but no one misses rewinding. But now, for the first time this dynamic is touching something I love and care deeply about, and I am freaking out."

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