Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Mother and Child Reunion

Last night mumPUNK called me to rant about ebooks.

Why, she asked, do they cost as much as (if not more than) hardcopy books when there are no production, distribution or warehousing costs?

Why do they include restrictions that you would not find on a hard copy book (i.e. can’t loan to a friend, can’t use on more devices)?

Why can retailers remotely delete a book that a customer has legally purchased?!!

Finally she calmed down and concluded, ‘well, I guess publishers are pretty useless now anyway... authors can just do it all themselves’.

Well said. I guess the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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