The Publication Standards Project


Libraries and Information Access Day

Our next campaign is here, about libraries. Check it out – and take action with us on Information Access Day, July 16.

What about DRM for libraries?

Because libraries need to be able to set a fixed term on circulating materials, sadly, DRM is the only solution that comes to mind. But we’d like any such system to have the following properties:

  • The ability to renew materials, like with regular books at a library;
  • The ability for libraries to negotiate the lending period;
  • The ability for libraries to store unencumbered DRM editions of all of their books for archival purposes, instead applying DRM only when a book is circulated to patrons;
  • No penalty on libraries if the DRM is broken by some enterprising patron;
  • A standard specification, belonging to a standards authority and not a private company;
  • And a fixed quantity on the number of copies that can be simultaneously lent at once.

We’d love to talk more with libraries about their lending needs regarding ebooks. For more on this, get in touch with Kaitlyn Tierney, our digital libraries director.

Call to Action: DRM

We’ve released our first newsletter, which is about DRM. You can read it here. We chose DRM as our first newsletter topic because we think it’s a fairly understandable and winnable front; towards that end, we hope you share the newsletter, our position page on DRM, and our form for taking action as widely and as soon as possible.

Everyone should take action on this. Publishers should display the DRM-free badge proudly on their sites and link their badge to our support page. Thanks as always for your support.

Take action on DRM today.


Hi! Welcome to our blog. The Publication Standards Project was begun by Nick Disabato in order to advocate a saner, more humane digital publishing landscape. This involves fighting on many fronts at once, but for the time being our primary goal has been to get people interested. Nick’s reasons for starting this were detailed in a recent essay on A List Apart.

We’re blown away by the initial support: three hundred mailing list signups, almost that many twitter followers, and hundreds of emails expressing support and critique of our platform. This blog will help promote awareness and action from all of our members; spread the word if you care about these issues, and it’ll increase our chances of success.

Our first email, about DRM, will be sent sometime next week. For now, we’d like to thank you for all of your support. If you’re interested in volunteering, we’re gathering names, so please get in touch.

And finally, if you live in Chicago, we’d love to meet you in person. Come to our talk on June 27 and we’ll chat about the future. Thanks!

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More soon, of course. Just testing for now.