Links: DVD fade-out, global e-rights mess, and B&N’s share-an-e-book possibility
October 11, 2009 | 9:53 am
—Netflix boss says DVD has two years left, from Christopher Null (pseudonym?) at Yahoo Tech. A preview of the fate of hard-copy books? The struggles of Conde Naste (thanks for the link, Felix) also isn’t the best of news for old media and related business models.
More from the NYT account: “B.&N. has been talking to publishers about a new model, whereby users are granted a license to ‘lend’ an e-book to a friend. This could help the bookseller market the device to members of its book clubs program." One issue between B&N and publishers is how many loans a year the program would permit. Good for B&N for recognizing that books are social things! Some books can die for want of sharing.