Used Ebooks, the Ridiculous Idea that Could Also Destroy the Publishing Industry (Vice)

Hybrid Library: QR Codes Access eBooks in Subway Station (Web Urbanist)

Amazon struggling with e-books in China (Seattle Times)

Life in an Amazon Warehouse: Fear and Efficiency at 35 Orders Per Second (Gizmodo)

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  1. Re Amazon’s “used” eBook patent, it’s intent may be preemptive but the effect is to create precedent for the transfer of digital goods. Personally, I like the idea of owning a digital object because it does not foreclose the possibility of my transferring what I have paid for to someone else. Take the example of rare. out of print, books. Why should there not be the possibility of a digital book that is rare? Digital assets are disappearing just as physical assets are disappearing and maybe faster at that.

  2. By its very nature, digital material isn’t rare because it can be reproduced a zillion times with minimal expense.

    If you are talking about a rare recording on a vinyl record or some other physical medium, then the physical medium can be transferred.

    If the content on that rare recording isn’t under copyright, in most cases, you can make a digital copy.

  3. @ Marilynn, apparently Amazon thinks otherwise. As we’ve seen from reading Amazon’s Terms of Sale, they only lease an eBook. They may think that they can enforce those terms at some point in the future such that they can transfer ownership from one customer to another. They are successively approximating a commercial environment where goods become services that require ongoing payments. Right now, we think that lease is in perpetuity but that may change.

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