Why DRM-free comic books are a big deal, even if you don’t read comics

Posted by BernardSwiss on Jul 6, 2013 4:11 AM EDT
Ars Technica; By Aurich Lawson
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If you're not familiar with the world of big digital publishing, it works a bit like this: you can generally get digital versions of comics the same day they're released to brick-and-mortar stores, either through a subscription or a specialized app. Now when I say "get," I don't really mean "buy." Yes, money is leaving your bank account and going into the publisher's (with maybe a cut going to a middleman like Comixology), but the reality is that you're just renting the content. You buy a license to view the comic—you don't actually own it. Want to read it outside of the app you bought it from? Good luck with that.

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