Originally Posted by VM1138
I find it exploitative to charge so much for digital items and not grant full ownership to the purchaser.
To be fair, not all publishers and authors do this.
I have just purchased the new SF novel by Peter Hamilton for £2.40 on Amazon, it's usual price is around the £10 mark. Hamilton also released his latest batch of short stories DRM free. He included a forward explaining how, just as it is wrong to pirate books, it is also wrong to restrict their use and content to the legitimate purchaser. The only drawback I can see with DRM free content is the lack of font options etc, I do like my lettering sans serif
when I read on Kindle.
I know that this kind of thing is uncommon at the moment but we should remember that E-Publishing is still in it's infancy. The corporate publishers will try to retain as much control over the content as possible, wether you have paid for it or not, but this may change in time. If it bothers you then back up your stuff to disc or hard drive, if not then you must rely on the bona fides
of big business.