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Old November 18th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #51

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Originally Posted by Robespierre View Post
When you purchase a physical book you don't own the book completely. You don't own the copyright information.

If you buy an e-book it's the same. If you buy an e-book you can't make 1,000 copies of it and give it away. Why? Because you don't own the copyright.

The principal is the same.

And again, why would Nook or Kindle want to take your books away? What business model would they be using in order to do that? If they were taking purchased books away no one would ever purchase from them again.

Also, like it has been said, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon can't do anything to a book placed on another device. If you store it on your computer, on a cd, or your phone there's nothing they can do about it.
The fact is, they can take it away from your account, so if you don't back it up, it's gone. They've done this. Also, you're right about the copyright ownership, but no one has the right to come into your house and take away a physical book you purchased, do they?

The point is, it's not fair to make everyone dependent on these giant corporations for things they paid for, just because someone MIGHT pirate them. Punish the crime, not the consumer.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #52

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Originally Posted by VM1138 View Post
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.
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