Dear E-Book Retailers:She makes some excellent points, points which I think will have legal ramifications for 'e-tailers' in the future. For instance, that button? On your website? That I click to purchase the e-book? It says BUY NOW. Not RENT NOW or LEASE NOW, but BUY NOW.
I’ve read so many wacky news stories this week that my head is spinning.
There was the Random House thing—the idea that a publisher actually had to explain to its paying customers whether they owned their bought books or not just boggles my mind. Then there was the Norwegian lady who had all her books deleted, then un-deleted, by Amazon. And the assertion by a Kobo tech support person that accounts belong not to households but the one sole individual whose name is on the credit card …
On this issue, I think it should be clear. If the button said ‘buy now’ and I clicked on it and I paid anything remotely resembling full retail price, I should own the book. And therefore, I should be free to read it on any device I choose, with no limits—no ‘only five devices,’ or ‘only Amazon devices,’ or any such nonsense.Read the whole thing here. Then re-post it to the world!