Digital Books and DRM

I saw this article last year on the decreasing use of DRM by German publishers in favor of digital watermarks for copyright protection. The idea is that DRM makes it harder for readers and legitimate buyers of ebooks while not really stopping piracy or theft. It’s an interesting change and it made me wonder if the US publishers might ever move in this direction. Then, I saw this article about NetGalley adding the ability – if publishers enable it – for readers to access their ARCs from any device rather than be locked in by a download to a single device or platform. They made it clear this is geared toward countries outside the US but perhaps this trend will move forward here as well.

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