Drug testing

eBooks: With Courage and Patience, We Are Getting There

Just how do we make the "e" in e-books stand for "easier"? Well, how about this? Let's scrap the existing digital rights management. Instead everybody in charge of administering DRM would be re-trained overnight as digital priests. They would certify "trustworthiness" to those seeking to download e-books.

Before downloads, customers would be visited by digital priests of their respective religious persuasions. With great pomp and circumstance, they would "pledge" not to forward their books to everybody in the world without compensating the authors and publishers. Break the pledge, and you'd find yourself in purgatory, hand-copying old encyclopedias.

Or maybe a totalitarian law would work instead. First-offenders guilty of unlawful content reproduction would have to wear a scratchy wool eye patch for one year. For a second crime, the patch would be now a mask. We could set up toll-free hot-lines and reward people for spying on their neighbors.

The Real Point

See my real point here? No easy way exists to loosen the DRM grip--this complicated issue can't be addressed with good old-fashioned guilt and fear. But e-book standards for DRM and formats would help. I am counting on the laws of capitalism, which always prevail. A demand will eventually be met with supply, and I'm hoping that the right set of standard will break from the pack and simplify the digital content landscape. That will be a blessed day. Microsoft, Adobe and Palm and the others now have their own special technology fee tacked on to the price of e-books. And that complicates merchandising. We e-book merchants would rather not have multiple cost structures for the same e-book.

Nor do we like consumers to be limited to books published in their chosen format or suffer multiple technologies just to enjoy a story. Nothing is more frustrating than having three different libraries on your handheld and forgetting where your recent fiction resides. I don't just hear customers complaints--I myself own a handheld.

Villains not

Who's to blame? I'm thinking nobody. Many authors and publishers break out in a cold sweat at just the mention of the word "Napster" and can you blame them? Their livelihood is at stake. They should, however, strive to better satisfy consumers desire for more content in digital form.

If a publisher has faith in their work, it's now accepted that expanding to e-book will deliver extra profit and drive hardback sales. Not all understand this. I still hear some authors express misguided fear that e-books will cannibalize their hardback sales. Publishing is not a zero-sum game, however--and that actually can be good. E-books add incremental value to the equation. Granted, companies tasked with encrypting content for them are an easy target, for they create the hoops through which we must jump. But the DRM heavyweights like Microsoft, Adobe and eReader are simply business people satisfying a need with existing technology.

No glass chin

Let there be no mistake, the future is bright for e-books--sales are on a steady rise. The industry took a couple of jabs during the Internet correction, but you'll find no glass chin here. More students are beginning to see e-books as an alternative for those pricey hardback textbooks. The computer savvy are learning the ease in pasting code directly from their favorite Java e-book manual, and there's even speculation that men are reading more romance as they no longer fear being seen with a floral book cover. Moreover, the Tablet PC is maturing, and the publishers are slowly but surely putting even more content in digital form. It takes courage, but we're getting there. Though it is a word often used in excuses, "patience" is needed by digital downloaders, me included.

Article by L. Scott Redford - scott@diesel-ebooks.com Scott is the President of Diesel eBooks with over 35,000 popular and professional eBooks organized by 50 categories. Visit the free download section at http://www.diesel-ebooks.com

limousine chicago service
In The News:

7 Secrets to Explode your eBook Sales! Part 5

Secret #5: How to build steady sales for years to... Read More

Electronic Books And Magazines Can Be Among Your Cost Effective Servicing Tools

Electronic servicing is, as they say, a "growth industry". With... Read More

7 Secrets to Explode your eBook Sales! Part 1

Secret #1: How to write an incredible eBook!Copyright 2004 Bluedolphin... Read More

Are You Using The Four Letter Word?

The most powerful word in the marketing dictionary is made... Read More

Top Ten Tips To Get Started Writing Your Book - Part 2

You are far more likely to successfully write and publish... Read More

Your Guaranteed Path to Becoming an Information Product Money Machine

How To Turn Your Talks or Articles into Books, eBooks,... Read More

Using Ebooks As A Highly Effective Marketing & Promotional Tool

Ebooks are part of the new frontier of cyberspace. They... Read More

Cash in on Your Expertise

Even though I've never met you, I know one thing... Read More

Surefire Way To Find Hot Selling eBook Topics

To become an entrepreneur, you need product ideas.Even more important,YOU... Read More

Your First Step To A Digital Publishing Empire

There is only one way to climb a mountain -... Read More

Simple Way To Become An Information Entrepreneur

Do you think there is a difference between someone who... Read More

Choose the Right Format for Your Ebooks

Choosing the right file format for your ebook is an... Read More

The Story of a Downsized Manager and His Ebook Business

If you've been following the business and economic news around... Read More

Youve Got To Be Joking!

I don't know about you, but I get a lot... Read More

Top Ten eBook Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Did you know that you already have an eBook inside... Read More

20 Ways To Profit With Free eBooks

My habit of collecting every free eBook I could lay... Read More

How eBooks Can Be Used As An Online Business

Times are hard today! Though the economic data would indicate... Read More

Neighborhood Mobile Watch Program

Setting up a Neighborhood Mobile Watch Program in your community... Read More

The True Purpose of a Tips Booklet

"My topic doesn't fit into a how-to tips format."That comment... Read More

Why Write an EBook?

It's not true that everything that has been said has... Read More

Are Ebooks Overpriced?

Who ever thought that one day books would not be... Read More

How To Bring In Your First $100,000 With Infoproducts

Can you really earn a living creating and marketing ebooks,... Read More

E-book Sales ? Will Your Cover Close the Sale?

Well designed professional looking e-book covers do much, much more... Read More

How to Build and Sell your eBook at the Same Time

Why write an eBook? You want ongoing, lifelong multiple streams... Read More

Internet Advertising Solution: 18 Reasons Why Giving Away A free Ebook Can Help Heat Up Your Sales

Sometimes, you may have to give something away in order... Read More

induction high bay led street light manufacturers Pete's produce ..