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  •  Here I am blithely ordering books on kindle and (3+ / 0-)

    reveling in the happiness of always having a number of books from which to choose without having to physically lug several around, only to find out a) I don't "own" them, as Amazon could erase them at any time, and b) bits are going to rot anyway.

    I thought once we got away from vhs tape and into the digital realm I was safe. And the thought that Amazon can "undo" the downloaded books I've paid for does not make me happy. Is that likely to happen, or is it just the possibility of Amazon going out of business at some time in the future? And once I'm dead, does Amazon close my account and access to my digital books? That doesn't seem right. Where's a lawyer?

    I was already peeved at the hostage situation publishers use re e-book prices (and is it e-book or ebook or digital?). I don't mind paying more for a just published book, as I've been doing that for years.   But there are some authors I end up buying the hardcover and the audio and the e-book version. I don't think I'm the only one who does. I only do that with a few books, but I would probably do it more often if the choice was like buying a Dvd in blue ray/standard/ultraviolet . And have publishers never heard of a frequent buyer reward system?

    Oh, what am I thinking. The big publishers are corporations. If they get the advantages of being considered a person, when do they start having the responsibilities of same? And that's a whole other topic.

    "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

    by citylights on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:21:11 PM PDT

    •  Pretty much. I have heard of one case where the (3+ / 0-)
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      copyright was wrong and the book was withdrawn. But it was a free book. And I have experienced updates of books, either corrections or additions.

      As for

      (and is it e-book or ebook or digital?)
      Yes. I don't think there is any firm agreement on usage yet.

      Now, our Amazon account was actually in my husband's name even though he never visited the site, and I did all of the ordering. After he passed away last year, I simply went in and changed the name on the account to my own. Doubt that Amazon really cares, as long as the bills are paid.

      Inheritance rights are something I plan on investigating as I have already invested heavily in ebooks and want to make sure I can pass them on.

      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:28:33 PM PDT

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      •  I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish I knew better (3+ / 0-)

        words to say.

        Thanks for the information re Amazon and the whole digital world. I'm one of those people who call up people like you and say, "My computer hates me. Please help me or lend me a sledge hammer."

        "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

        by citylights on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:43:43 PM PDT

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      •  Good! -- I'm Very Interested in Post-Mortem (1+ / 0-)
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        issues regarding e-legacy libraries.  I'd like to know what the community thinks -- how it should be handled and how they're going about making plans for the disposition/transfer of their e-book accounts to their e-heirs (how to pronounce that neologism?).

        Looking forward to this series.

        P.S.  Do you suppose that after death R&BLers' souls ascend to The Cloud, everafter to read anything that piques their delight?

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        by Limelite on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:29:21 AM PDT

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