Barnes & Noble To Share Reader Data With Publishers?

Barnes & Noble To Share Reader Data With Publishers?

via Digital Book World

At a Digital Book World conference earlier this week, Jim Hilt, vice president of eBooks at Barnes & Noble, said the bookseller plans to share more data about readers with publishers. 

He didn't explain what he meant by that, but on first blush, it sounds a bit Orwellian. 

Then there's this, from Digital Book World: 

Sharing of reader data between retailers and publishers may be closer to reality because of new technology. The EPUB 3 publishing language, for instance, allows for JavaScript to be embedded in [eBooks], which would theoretically allow publishers to track their readers’ reading habits – if only retailers would allow that code in the books it sells and build [eReader] software capable of supporting such technology.

So, that's something I've never really given a lot of thought to. I guess it wouldn't be too hard for an outside source to keep track of my Kindle reading roster. I mean, remember when Amazon remotely deleted books by George Orwell from Kindles, and we though it was made up because, c'mon, but it really happened?!?

Today's discussion topic: Does the proliferation of eBooks make you concerned about privacy issues? Have any of you shunned eBooks specifically because of concerns about privacy? 

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 26, 2012 - 1:47pm

Love the header.

Daniel Donche's picture
Daniel Donche from Seattle is reading Transubstantiate, by Richard Thomas January 26, 2012 - 4:12pm

I don't have any concerns about privacy, in any fashion. Let them use my information for whatever they want, I still have the freedom to make my own choices, no matter how much they try to push me otherwise. A lot of people live many separate lives - private life, school life, professional life, online life - I just live one. But that may not work for some, so yeah. There should always be a way to opt out. And by the way, the FBI doesn't have a file on everybody.