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August 13, 2011


As an avid ebook reader, I support the lawsuits. Ebooks have changed the book industry. The cost of distributing an ebook is just much lower than printing, binding, packing, shipping, merchandising, stocking and selling a physical book. Instant availability to millions of readers simulantanously has significant value and is much more cost effective. Beyond that, printed books are often offered for lower than list prices at booksellers. Yet, we only own the right to read. We can't share it, sell it or trade it like we can an ordinary book. Ebook readers are absolutely being ripped off. Keeping the current model is like saying we should charge browsers for Wikipedia access as if they were buying an encylopedia set, to protect those publishers from reduced profits. We are way past that point. On the other hand, I would pay more for an ebook, especially non-fiction, if enhanced content were included such as color (pinchable) pictures, audio files and video files, say in biographies and true crime books. But publishers rarely bother to even upload the grainy, black and white pictures in the printed books. I keep hearing promises of enhanced content in the future, yet we are paying more right now, without it.
It's way past time for change. Does the book industry want to get napstered too?

FWIW I have not bought anything from Amazon.

Not that I am very fond of the publishing houses, but everything I have read about Amazons book sales system reflects poorly on Amazon, it seemed that they were bleeding the publishers dry.

I would prefer to free and fair competition between the publishers and the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google.

Besides, I think that Amazon colluded with the music industry to sell songs at a lower price than Apple were being offered at the same time.

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