This could interfere with not just with ordinary consumers’ use of e-books but also with accessibility for the disabled–an issue very dear to me, since my blind friend David Faucheux can’t use his synthesizer with proprietary e-books “protected” with proprietary DRM. Not surprisingly, George Kerscher himself wrote in a campaign statement: “As an end user, the last thing I want is to have ten different reading systems to read my digital books. I want to pick from the best user interfaces that provide the best reading experience. I don’t believe we will have this option until we have interoperable DRM.”
Yes, I’m also interested in procedural matters involving the IDPF itself. Will it release the number of votes/points that each candidate received? It would be interesting to see if Mark and George lost just narrowly–which would serve as an indicator that IDPF needs to be more open minded. If, on the other hand, neither came even close, that would signify that advocates of change within the underperforming e-book industry should look elsewhere.
Meanwhile here is the official e-mail announcing the election results:
From: Nick Bogaty [address deleted to spare Nick from spam]
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 8:02 AM
Subject: IDPF Board of Director Election Results
Dear IDPF Members,
Voting closed to fill two open IDPF Board of Director positions on 2400 EST, Friday, May 26th. Eligibility for voting required that members be in good standing, defined as being up-to-date on member dues. There were 76 members eligible for voting and an established quorum of 38 members. 44 members voted. The vote used the Alternative Voting procedure to choose from a sub-set of alternatives. There were six candidates for the two positions. Each “approved” or FOR choice received one point; the choices with the most points won.
The following candidates were elected to the IDPF Board of Directors:
Kelley Allen, Random House
Elizabeth Mackey, Motricity/ereader.com
I would like to thank and congratulate all of the nominees in this election. I would also like to thank, in particular, George Kerscher of the DAISY Consortium and Keith Titan of Random House for their dedication and service on the IDPF Board of Directors.
Thank you for your participation.
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
[Contact info deleted]