This copy protected for our protection

I have yet to embrace the ebook. I have, at last count, twenty-six of them, but I have no dedicated player and no plans to acquire one. And I suspect that one of the reasons why might go something like this:

The DRM that comes with the books makes it so that I never feel like I am buying anything and adjusting my price-point accordingly. I am typically uncomfortable spending more than $5 on an ebook, while I will gladly spend twice that for a book that I own.

And why is that?

For $10 or more, I want something I can freely loan out.

Which may explain why I have an HTML-formatted copy of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which, being 139 years old, is out of copyright so long as Disney doesn’t make a cartoon out of it. (And if they did, they’d probably make Will Ladislaw look like Aladdin.)

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  1. fillyjonk »

    20 January 2013 · 4:11 pm

    I admit the main source of my Ludditism about these things is knowing that I own at least one book that was printed 100 years before my birth, and I can open it up and read it whenever I want to, and yet, I have files I wrote back in grad school (~20 years ago) that are now sufficiently degraded that I cannot open them, or at least could not without some heavy lifting on the part of the campus IT squad.

    (And, yeah, yeah: some books were printed on cheap crumbly paper, especially during WWII, but most of them were NOT)

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