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Subject: Three Notes About eBooks
Date Posted: 3/15/2011 8:10 AM ET
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This was on Twitter this morning. It bothers me, and I never thought about them being able to remove books from my Kindle. I think it's worth a read, but I can't make links clickable on my iPod. (Yesterday was chemo day and I'm sick in bed. Yeah, TMI. hehe) Three Notes About eBooks - In recent days I have been made aware of three developments in the eBooks industry. One ... http://ow.ly/1bLPp9
Date Posted: 3/15/2011 10:43 AM ET
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This was on Twitter this morning. It bothers me, and I never thought about them being able to remove books from my Kindle.

What the article didn't mention was that this happened a while ago, there was a huge backlash, and Amazon has promised they will not do it again. They got burned by their actions and I don't doubt they mean it. It was hugely bad publicity for them. Problem was, someone else posted an eBook to sell that wasn't thiers by copyright. So Amazon had felt they had to pull all the books and refund the money or they'd be in trouble for copyright infringement. They screwed up by pulling the books. But I can see where they acted in haste and didn't think it through.

The rest about Harper Collins and Library books and the Ebook Users Bill of Rights has been discussed before. Some libraries are boycotting buying any of Harper Collins ebooks at all. And I don't know how far the EUBR has gone, if anywhere, but think it's a good idea.

Don't know much about the comic industry, but comic stores have been in trouble for ages. I'm wouldn't be surprised to see them all disapear no matter what they do at this point.

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 11:35 AM ET
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I guess the eBook industry(?) is having a lot of growing pains. I just never completely trust anything I don't have a hard copy of. This would be an example of why. ;) I hope they get things worked out for everybody.
Date Posted: 3/15/2011 12:43 PM ET
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I lost a few books years ago, when a very early on-line book store disapeared. I was lucky to only have lost two books.

That's why I always keep a copy of all my purchases on my computer, and back them up. And why I don't buy from the Apple eBook store. You can't get a book you buy from the Apple store off your iDevice an onto your computer to store it yourself.  At least, you couldn't when I tried it once last year. I don't trust anyone but me to store my stuff. It's too easy for places to disapear and take your libraries with them.