Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM
At least Microsoft can afford to pay off its impacted customers. The next time a platform folds—and takes its ecosystem with it—those affected might not be so lucky. Which is maybe the real lesson of Microsoft obliterating its ebooks: This has all happened before, and not nearly enough is being done to stop it from happening again.
This is why most of my book and music purchases have been PDFs and MP3s. Sadly, I do have some Kindle eBook and Audible audiobooks that I'd lose if I closed my Amazon account. But in the long run it wouldn't be that painful.