[LMB] OT: Downside of eBooks

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sat Jul 20 23:48:02 BST 2019

On Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:53:35 +0000, "Harvey Fishman" <fishman at panix.com>

>Kindle does not use the Cloud; it stores all its books on local memory.
>You CAN redownload all books purchased from Amazon, so if you consider
>THAT the Cloud, so be it. And Kindles are available with up to 32 GB of
>local storage, which should be enough for almost any personal library.

"The Cloud" is just a marketing term for "other people's servers", and
in that sense it does use the cloud; all of your purchases can be
re-downloaded at any time.  NB you never actually *own* them, you can't
leave your ebooks in your will - unless you make a DRM-free copy using
Calibre etc.

The Oasis has 32GB, and is water-resistant - I can get all my purchased
eBooks on there, I suspect (though the terrible indexing would make that
a chore).

>------ Original Message ------
>From: "James M. BRYANT G4CLF" <james at jbryant.eu>
>To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
>Sent: 7/6/2019 9:02:57 AM
>Subject: [LMB] OT: Downside of eBooks
>>Or buy a DRMed copy so the
>>author and editor don't have
>>to flip burgers as a day job,
>>but then find a pirated one
>>as backup.
>>James - who buys Kindle books
>>on his computer, but does not
>>own a Kindle because they use
>>the cloud and not much local
>>memory and he wants access to
>>all his books even when he's
>>at sea or in the African Bush
>>and so has a reader with a
>>BIG memory card
>>This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
>>Lois-Bujold mailing list message sent to fishman at panix.com
>>Lois-Bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
A room without books is like a body without a soul.    - G.K. Chesterton

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