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Books in iBookstore to be ‘digitally locked’

16 February 2010 2,174 views No Comment

We have seen this with iTunes before, the software called FairPlay that Apple had used to limit the number of times a song could be copied – thereby addressing piracy concerns of the music labels. Now we are all set to see that with Books and the iPad.

LATimes is reporting that Apple has decided to go with the same software to address piracy concerns of book publishers.

No doubt some publishers, including O’Reilly Media — which has vociferously argued that digital locks are harmful to sales — will opt not to deploy FairPlay. (O’Reilly, which puts out technical books, was not on the list of five publishers during Apple’s announcement of the iPad, but is discussing a deal with Apple.)

But those publishers might turn out to be the exception, and most of them might choose to lock their eBooks. We’ll soon have a post discussing the format of the eBooks – looks like Apple is getting into a dictating mode there as well.

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