The Digital Metaphor

So the e-reader people are finally starting to address some of their rights management issues it would seem. Nobody wants to buy one of those ebooks if they can’t treat it the same as the dead-tree version, so I understand the argument, and that means the device makers need to manage the content the same way publishers and their distribution chains always have. It’s fine that the owners are loosening their death grip on access rights privileges a little, but I still wonder how long the digital items will continue to be treated the same as their paper analogues. The potentials are different, and the access and other guidelines will have to adapt to those potentials, I would expect.