Patrick Bougie — web developer / entrepreneur from Montréal, Canada. Founder of WorkSked — a web app to manage employee work schedules and time off.

Ebook ecosystem

Marco Arment:

With the ebook business still being so DRM-heavy and divided into a small number of incompatible walled gardens, it’s important to invest in a device with the biggest content library and the parent company with the healthiest future. In this business, that has always been Amazon.

I agree if you are going to invest in ebooks, best to choose the company with the largest library and healthiest future. Personally, while I do purchase ebooks, I am certainly not going to build a significant library until these companies stop trying to hold us hostage on their platforms using proprietary formats and DRM.

When I purchase a book, I should be purchasing the license to that book and if new formats come out in the future, I should be able to upgrade for a nominal fee without having to repurchase something I already own. Media companies are fighting to keep this from happening — or something similar — that would stop them from charging us when our favorite books, music, movies or television shows change format.

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