Whilst things like DRM get quite evocative when we speak about it amongst library folk, the pragmatic side of me realises that like most public libraries need adobe to access our services through Overdrive and to some extent through borrowbox as well. Is it complicated? Hell yes. Could it be more user friendly? Ask my staff trying to walk a 92 year old through the process on an android tablet.
What I do find interesting about an Adobe is a change in business model for services. Traditionally we paid a big chunk of cash for a software program that was usually out of date a couple of months after we bought it.
With the new cloud based approach, perhaps we are looking at a rent rather than buy model (and I can already hear the arguments brewing on that one) but consider extrapolating this type of model, is it possible that one day rather than a monthly fee, we might be able to have the software we want on demand?
For me, that’s quite a cool thought.
Getting back to the software though, Adobe do some cool stuff.
I couldn’t have gone a day in ILL without being able to crop and create PDFs, not to mention that Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver have long been the part of designer toolboxes.
For me many of these applications have been just a little out of my contextual comfort zone, but I have eyed the output with envy from the gurus weaving their magic, and one day hope to add their skills to my portfolio.
Its a bold move for Adobe to shift these services mobile, agile and where we are, and for me, accessing all of these things in one package certainly gives me a big playbox with a small price to convince the boss ( if only for a short time).
Don’t forget to check out the twitter chat archive for our chat on e-books that happened during the week- and add your thoughts below!