I am a graphic designer and film maker, who loves photography, user experience and pop culture in all its forms. During my professional career I have led teams on community and brochure site redesigns, created mock ups and other assets for on-line properties; worked with outside vendors to develop systems and work flows for on-line content distribution; set standards for best-in-class DVDs and downloadable content; played key roles on various marketing campaigns; and worked in fast paced news environments.
Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes. But when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us.
Someone who owned 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could bequeath them to descendants, but legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated.
And one’s heirs stand to lose huge sums of money. “I find it hard to imagine a situation where a family would be OK with losing a collection of 10,000 books and songs,” says Evan Carroll, co-author of “Your Digital Afterlife.” “Legally dividing one account among several heirs would also be extremely difficult.”
Your personal curated library of ebooks says volumes about you. Ownership of digital content has powerful social implications beyond publishers and author royalties. This is vividly clear for everyone who proudly has a book from a parent’s personal library on their shelves. Our ability as a culture to pass on knowledge to our family is very important.