Amazon should come clean about e-book policies


17 Responses to “Amazon should come clean about e-book policies”

  1. The greed is is astonishing, breathtaking, makes me sick.

  2. thuntnet says:

    Amazon’s DRM ebooks also come with “clipping limits” which limit the amount of text you can hilight and share.  These limits differ for each book and are not clearly listed on the product pages.  End Clipping Limits!

  3. hughstimson says:

    “NBC’s Joel Johnson”. That has a funny ring to it, but congratulations on a new gig Joel.

    Also, agreed.

  4. Realize this isn’t about Amazon, people.  This is just a single example of how ALL online purchases that don’t actually ship something physical to you are conducted.  Those MP3s you buy on iTunes are exactly the same as the ebooks you buy on Amazon.  You are leasing a copy of a digital product, and any company that sells it to you can take it back if you don’t protect yourself.

    • ratcity says:

      What?  Apple and Amazon sell non-DRM music (not MP3s on itunes) that you can copy and use with other players.  They can’t take them back.

    • Thorzdad says:

       Big fail on your assertion about iTunes. Even back in the days when iTunes music did have DRM, it was quite easily overcome by the average consumer. And, today, music on iTunes is DRM-free. Has been for years.

  5. Geoduck says:

    This is why I have firmly resisted jumping on the e-book train. If your property is a bit of data that can be remotely deleted when some corporation decides you haven’t paid them enough money, it’s not your property at all.

  6. Andy Reilly says:

    Calibre. And certain plugins. Freedom!!! and a big FU to Amazon.

  7. Sigmund_Jung says:

    That is very disappointing — not only from the point of view of DRMs and purchases, but from the whole life-in-the-cloud trend. The benefits are so many, but remember Amazon also hosts a lot of services (like Netflix, for example). What happens if they decide to pull the plug? What if you are a start-up leveraging the low cost of the cloud and Amazon decides your service violates some obscure policy? Suppose you build the most advanced, interesting, divine online book retailer in the world and it is hosted on Amazon’s servers?

  8. vance_tam says:

    The first thing I do to every ebook and song I purchased on line is rip a copy.

    I’ve been doing that since the first publicized instance where Amazon removed a student’s book, including his notes, from a Kindle.

    If I buy it, it’s mine.

  9. Brad Bell says:

    These licensing deals represent a failure to adapt analog business models to digital economics. They will die as the analog publishers (music, movies, books) die. Sure, it seems greedy, but they are dying – what should we expect? Innovation requires too much coordinated action by too many players. We’re just stuck here until the wheels fall off. Like the economy generally – it’s not the future challenging us, it’s the past.

    Here’s an example of one of the many ways filmmakers are ignoring Hollywood publishers:

    …which is entirely appropriate considering the studios routinely use accounting fraud to rip off the creators anyway:

    • Thorzdad says:

      “These licensing deals represent a failure to adapt analog business models to digital economics.”

      I dunno…I can’t think of any “analog” business model regarding book sales that left it possible for the seller to take the book back after you purchased it.

      Amazon’s model is, in fact, a digital-age business model. It’s exactly digital technology that allows this to exist. You can love on our digital age all you want, but this model is a good example of the negatives that come with all the good.

  10. turfgrrl says:

    Isn’t this the publishers who require this of Amazon and not Amazon imposing this on customers? 

    • Ramone says:

      Not just the pubs. It’s a tawdry two-way tale of hot e-tailer-on-publisher quid pro quo. Seriously, you should download it to your kindle.

  11. Adam Fields says:

    What I’d really like to see is the words “buy” and “sell” prohibited from being used to describe a rental or leasing transaction.

  12. auralee says:

    You realize, people, it’s the same with everything you leave in the Cloud.  The owners of the facilities can disappear, or can delete or modify your data or any software or facility you use, or demand higher payments for access or use, at any time.  This is  why it’s been pushed so hard.  Possession is 9/10ths of the law, and to the extent you depend on the Cloud for access or use, your existence online can be ransomed or destroyed at any moment.

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