> And that is why investing in closed systems is usually a losing game. Unless you only care to use the content RIGHT NOW and couldn't care less that it has no future you should avoid DRM and other closed systems.
> Unless you only care to use the content RIGHT NOW and couldn't care less that it has no future you should avoid DRM and other closed systems.
You know whats the problem with your assessment? The only value proposition, risk and cost you are willing to factor in is the DRM.
On the example of books w/ DRM:
Right now the only way to get most books digitally is WITH DRM. So therein lies a risk, and the portability issue (between e-readers). But that is yet another factor in the equation of the value proposition between digital-books with DRM and paper books.
For one, the storage of paper books have costs. Paper books have no DRM-risk but are subject to other risks (mold, water, fire, one's kid ripping it off). Carrying books have costs (when moving to a new house, or when going on vacation).
Why don't you factor the risk of a paper book getting molded, lost or stolen when you assess the DRM risk?
Why don't you factor in the cost of storing books? The odds that I will have to give up my books because I simply can't store them anymore?