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On the flip side, they are also DRMed to hell and back, so you don't actually own them. You lose your right to sell or share them, you can only read them on devices approved by the vendor who sold them to you, and that vendor can even reach into your reader and take them out of your library under certain circumstances.

(Yes, it's technically possible to remove the DRM with tools like Calibre, but now you're breaking the terms of the agreement under which they were sold to you in the first place.)

I occasionally check out ebooks from my local library via Overdrive. The DRM doesn't bother me in that scenario, since I have no expectation of being able to keep a library book. But I would never in a million years "buy" one.




> But I would never in a million years "buy" one.

As I age and my eyesight gets worse, the ability to pick a large font is a godsend. I'm not happy with the DRM, but I'd be even less happy not being able to read just about any book I choose.


I used to be so worried about DRM. I very diligently only purchased books from publishers like O'Reilly and Baen that sold completely unencrypted books. I was building my collection that would last me forever.

Of course, I'm not going to live forever, and as I get a more realistic appreciation for what books I might re-read in my limited lifespan remaining... I just don't worry about DRM anymore.

I'm not going to be passing on these books, the next generation likely won't be interested in most of them. The really good stuff will stay in print somehow at a reasonable price (or at least there will still be piracy).

The other stuff, meh.


You can buy an e-book (or a physical book) to ensure that you legally paid for the content, and everyone in the book production pipeline get their agreed share.

Then you can download a de-DRM-ed copy, and use it, because they often come in a better layout, actually fit for reading, and are not going away.

Maybe publishers will eventually understand that their books is going to be pirated no matter what, and start to compete with pirates on quality and affordability. See, this actually happened to most of the music, so there's hope.


I'm not so worried about the DRM since I rarely read a book twice, and I typically just donate paper books to a local book drive, so not being able to sell them doesn't bother me.

But what I don't like is that publishers have been jacking up the book prices to the point where they cost more than the cost of having a physical book shipped to me. When I see that, then I usually just buy a used book, to make sure the publisher gets no revenue from me at all.

I thought digital publishing would be a boon for publishers and readers alike -- reducing prics by eliminating the cost of printing and keeping inventory, yet the publishers are using the convenience of the eBook reader that I paid for to charge me even more money for that book.

2 years ago I was reading 75% ebooks, 25% paper books, now that's flipped the other direction.


You don't get to put restrictions on things that are sold.




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