EFF Checklist for Readers Considering Digital Books

This looks like a complementary piece to the EFF’s guide to privacy and e-book readers. Unlike that other guide, this list doesn’t supply answers but rather poses questions consumers should consider when contemplating the growing market of digital books on offer. It also extends beyond privacy alone to incorporate other issues EFF is tracking like (but not limited to) whether you own or merely license the books in question.

The document not only frames questions but helps to explain why the issues are important and provide suggestions of what to look for when evaluating a service. There is a strong implication, especially in the conclusion, that readers need to become much more participatory in the shaping of this new market. By reading the list and seeking to find the answers for yourself, you’ll be a good, long step along the way to doing so.

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