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    It just takes a good bit of effort to get it working.  Like I said above, it took me several hours just to get borrowing ebooks from the library working, and yes, a lot of it is licensing issues and hence having the correct software and network support.  They're not going to just give away all the material.

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    by yet another liberal on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:10:44 AM PST

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    •  Did Amazon promise not to delete books ever again? (0+ / 0-)

      There was that incident where they deleted books from everyone's Kindle because of a copyright dispute, IIRC. Does anyone know whether they've promised not to do that again? If they can delete books at will, I'd say it's true that all you own is the plastic.

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      by Noisy Democrat on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 04:37:59 PM PST

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      •  Actually, according to their licensing, it is (3+ / 0-)
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        explicit. You don't "own" the e-books you download. You license them for use, i.e. reading.

        You can't give away your e-books. You can't re-sell them. All you can do is read them, and allow them to fill up space on your hard drive for re-reading at a later time. You can, however, "loan" them for a limited time - obviously a provision designed to try to increase sales of Kindle devices, since you can do so for only 14 days, and only once per book.

        I've got (real) books that I bought 40 years ago, others that were printed 100 years ago. I own them. I can do any damn thing I want to with them, including will them to my grandchildren if I want to.

        Want to bet your Kindle Fire will be working in 100 years?

        •  Exactly my point as well (1+ / 0-)
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          A few days ago I visited an 89-year-old friend who wants to make sure her library survives her. She has a lot of fascinating books that are no longer in print and probably are not available on Kindle, though I haven't checked. She's been putting stickers on the spines with the initials of the friends who will receive the books when she passes. Since I and her other friends are almost 40 years younger than she is, the books will live on for at least a few more decades, God willing. I'll be damned if all that I have of my library to pass on when I'm 89 is a useless lump of plastic.

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          by Noisy Democrat on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:03:27 PM PST

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