DRM Sucks: Big-Five Publishing Edition

"Hachette insisted that Amazon sell its books with "Digital Rights Management" that only Amazon is allowed to remove, and now Hachette can't afford to pull its books from Amazon, because its customers can only read their books with Amazon's technology."

Yep. DRM sucks. Ultimately, and eventually, it sucks for everyone, including the people who asked for it in the first place.

Good thing all the other big publishers didn't ask for DRM on their Amazon ebooks. Oh wait…

By the way: If you hate DRM and want a good audiobook to listen to, I have just the thing… http://doycetesterman.com/index.php/category/podcasts/hidden-things/

How Hachette made the rope that Amazon is hanging it with

In my latest Guardian column, “How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage,” I discuss the petard that the French publishing giant Hachette is being hoisted upon by Amazon.