In February, we published "Digital Books and Your Rights," a checklist for readers considering buying into the digital book marketplace. The folks behind the Ibis Reader ebook service have gone ahead and posted thoughtful answers to each question, inviting their users into an honest discussion about the features, policies, and practices around its software.
While we don't agree with all of Ibis Reader's answers, they deserve full marks for being proactive about confronting these emerging digital books issues, and for striving to be clear with its users and customers. They know what's up — the modern gadget hound knows to look beneath the shiny surface and ask critical questions about how open a platform is and whether or not privacy is sufficiently prioritized and protected. Our "Digital Books and Your Rights" checklist helps guide users making that inquiry, and Ibis Reader is smart to approach current users and potential customers with openness.