Andy Woodworth at Agnostic, Maybe starts an interesting conversation with his latest post Libraries & The Cloud. He discusses the implications of cloud computing and content ownership with regard to the recent PC Magazine article The End of Content Ownership.
“My specific concern is if subscription pricing takes the place of content ownership. While I can imagine people signing up for subscriptions for eBooks in the same way that Rhapsody works, the idea that it would be the only model on the market bothers me to no end. I believe in the power of the end user to control their content; this doesn’t happen under a subscription model. It’s the concentration of power over content into relatively few hands that is a concern (although, to be fair, with the cloud and the internet, it creates other pathways to content). “