[LMB] OT: can't skip to the end of an ebook?
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From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 5:14:21 PM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold. <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: can't skip to the end of an ebook?
On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 7:42 AM Harvey Fishman <fishman at panix.com> wrote:
> What publisher does allow you to "own" a book? That is what copyright is
> all about. You may own the paper and the binding, but not the book.
You don't own the text, you own the physical copy of the text - and can
give it away or sell it yourself, as you please.
With Amazon's model, you haven't purchased a copy of the text, you've
purchased an ability to access their copy, of which they retain ownership.
I dislike that model, and don't use it except for Bujold products, and I am
considering ceasing to make an exception even for her. I'm sure it
provides a lot of conveniences for her, but supporting Amazon is starting
to look more expensive in the long run than I will pay for. (Don't even
get me started on Disney.)
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