Thursday, May 5, 2011

The End of Content Ownership

The End of Content Ownership, article.
A couple of weeks ago I dragged some of my favorite super-large hardcover books out of the attic and placed them on a shelf in my living room. I may read them again, but it's more likely they'll live out their golden years as decorative objects. Interestingly, I think most of my old VHS, CDs, and even DVDs and Blu-rays may soon be joining these books as objects d'art instead of useful content objects. [...]
For the majority of consumers, however, they will come to fully trust the cloud and believe in subscription pricing for everything. [...]
At home, our bookshelves will contain artifacts of a bygone content-ownership era. We'll touch those books, Blu-rays and CDs, but only to dust them.

I think it's happening. I no longer have to buy new bookshelves all the time. And the books on them are very slowly, but inexorably in most cases, losing interest for me. One day I'll realize that since I don't read anything on paper anymore, that and that room would look much nicer and orderly without the clashingly-colored rows of books everywhere...

Slow process though, there's a lot of old sentiment to chew through.

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