So I just purchased the latest novel by Scott Sigler, The Starter. The book, set in the distant future, chronicles an earthling (yes, it’s sci-fi) who played his way to starting quarterback on a Tier One Galactic Football League team. Ok, so stay with me, even if you are not a sci-fi type.
I picked up The Starter for my nook. You can also get it on hardback or Kindle’s version. Right there that should show you something different, something about how things should be. Making content available in any format. Not locking one publisher to one machine (*ahem*Apple*ahem*). In education, we NEED to move to formats and hardware that allow flexibility. I am not talking about trying to buy one copy of a book and porting it to many machines. The RIAA, MPAA, and publishers would lie and say that’s what folks like Lawrence Lessig and I want to do. That could be no further from the truth. I understand paying for content. What I want is the ability to buy a personal copy and have it on my nook, download it to my Android nook app when I do not have my nook with me, and copy it to my home network so I can back it up. In a school situation, I see this a possible too. Let’s say you have 20 students reading a novel, so you buy 20 licenses. That should let those 20 read the novel on a nook/Kindle/iPad, on their phone, and on their computer. I do not ask for them to have more than 20 at any given time, but they should possess the flexibility to read their book when they can. Very frustrating, but that’s the push of the publishing lobbyists.
Kudos to folks like Sigler, Lessig, and many others who publish in ways to provide flexibility, not restriction. We do not want to rip these folks off, we want to provide them money to keep doing what they do, but we do not want ripped off either. I encourage you all to look at authors who provide content across many platforms, content creators who release under Creative Commons licenses, and artists who allow flexibility.
Oh, and GO KRAKENS!