Not the answer I was hoping for

Had a great opportunity to listen to a talk by Philip Downer, former CEO at Borders UK and current consultant, today. At the end, I asked what he thought the options are for dealing with Amazon’s potential monopoly if the agency agreement comes to an end and publishers decide to keep DRM? His answer in my own words? We might as well just give Amazon the keys to the kingdom.

Not what I was expecting, but he offered a little more with a reminder that Orion have already scraped DRM.


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