Not. A. Surprise.
And, it's not only a hacker's dream come true, but any government's dream come true as well. And...any political organization's dream come true as well if that organization or it's principals have controlling ties to Microsoft (or other similar software distributor).
By the way, eBooks are now called "software" by some ePublishers...which I believe really is intended to try to get around the long-standing legal protections of Fair Use of copyrighted materials in the United States. Fair Use has been and continues to be aggressively eroded by **IA lobbying and legislation.
Remember that Microsoft/Windows already has had the WGA program in place for years, which has had the (liability-free) ability to shutdown Windows itself, and iTunes and similar have had this ability to delete/edit discrete content for awhile now...but it is only recently becoming better understood by users just what that really
Even so, I bet a huge percentage of consumers just don't and won't give a damn...and the industries and government are counting on that complacency.
ePublishers can already
without your knowledge EDIT
the content of eBooks you've previously downloaded. It's a "great" way to re-write (aka censor aka "spin") history for political and PC reasons, and according to reports has already been used for that purpose.
The end-goal (as I've predicted for years) used to be simply to achieve the ultimate business model of "making the consumer pay for every bit of data 'consumed' every time
each bit is accessed". Unchallenged, absolute discrete content control is just one of the steps on that path.
Personally, I now think it's both...financial revenue enhancement AND
Apple's reportedly less than openly announced plans for proprietary education textbook distribution (while publicly operating under the guise of eBook open-standards banner) seems to be involved in raising some concerns in the political/historical arenas. Among them are price-fixing, censoring content, and effectively bypassing STATE
textbook selection boards (providing the means to back-door impose federal control over textbook selection).
Here are some cogent links. I couldn't find the two I really
was hoping to locate...they said things very clearly. The CNET article is a good overview.