A short anti-utopian fictional story on a future where DRM ebooks become a norm.
Later on, Dan would learn there was a time when anyone could go to the library and read journal articles, and even books, without having to pay. There were independent scholars who read thousands of pages without government library grants. But in the 1990s, both commercial and nonprofit journal publishers had begun charging fees for access. By 2047, libraries offering free public access to scholarly literature were a dim memory.
Personally, I am a big fan of DRM-free ebooks by O'Reilly. If a book is not available through them I'd rather buy a paper copy.