[LMB] OT: can't skip to the end of an ebook?
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Fri May 28 17:56:50 BST 2021
On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 7:44 AM Harvey Fishman <fishman at panix.com> wrote:
> ------ Original Message ------
> From: "Matthew George" <matt.msg at gmail.com>
> To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold."
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> Sent: 5/28/2021 12:34:29 AM
> Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: can't skip to the end of an ebook?
> >But, since Amazon doesn't permit its customers to own their
> >titles, and the owner can do what they like, I am not surprised.
> 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 own the paper. Exactly. It's in your home, you can write on it, or
tear out a page you don't like, or loan it to your friend - make that a
former friend, if they don't give it back.
But apparently Amazon still owns the words on 'paper', and can make
changes. Sometimes that's good - as Lois noted, various typos were
corrected even on bought-and-paid-for copies. But sometimes people just
want to own their own stuff, not have a copy which is hosted on someone
See also, shareware (is this the right term?) where Microsoft let's you,
at home, pay to use Word & XL based of their own servers, instead of
downloading the programs to use at home. This idea fills me with horror,
even though it's a perfectly valid method for some people.
My stuff is mine, I don't want it hosted on someone else's server.
Gmail does this too, but I delete most of the mail so I don't care as much.
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