From Hilbert Space to Dilbert Space


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
An e-book is not a book
Titanic
gmcdavid
From How to Destroy the Book, by Cory Doctorow

When I buy a book, it’s mine. There’s no mechanism, not even in the face of a court order, whereby a retailer can take a book away from me, and yet Amazon—there’s the most extraordinary thing that they had to do in the United States—you’ve heard of course that someone put a copy of Orwell’s 1984 in the Kindle Store, and it wasn’t licensed for distribution in the U.S.—of course, Orwell is in the public domain outside the U.S., in copyright in the U.S.—and Amazon responded to this intelligence by revoking the book 1984 from its customers’ ebook readers. After they’d bought it, they woke up one morning to discover their book had gone. But Amazon was actually pretty good. After thinking about it for a day, and confronting the media storm, they decided to restore the books—they gave them back to the people, and they made a promise: “We will never ever ever ever ever give your books away again. Unless we have to.”

Now I worked as a bookseller for a number of years in this city, and I never had to make that promise to any of my customers when they bought books.

Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Slashdot.

  • 1
Interesting article
Wrong in parts but interesting

Also biased to hard copy books

Since the director of a large writers guild stated that eBooks, ePublishers and eAuthors weren't real books, publishers and authors and thus they wouldn't present any material to their membership I suspect this author has the same bias.

Large publishers need to bring their weight to the battle and establish a legitimate industry rather than downgrading the validity of the electronic book.

I would also like to point out, when you publish and sell a hard back book for $26 and try to sell the eBook for the same price it does tend to encourage illegal copies.

Btw, authors don't get royalties for books resold legally in used book stores. eBooks can't so if you make them reasonably priced all that money is profit and others buy from you too.

  • 1
?

Log in

No account? Create an account