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Why I Will Not Buy A Kindle

I*m not paying 35 Bucks for a FILE that has been LEASED to me.

30 December 2009 at 10:09:10 AM

When we were visiting my mom's at Christmas, she showed us a Kindle e-reader she had purchased-I think it was more of a tablet because it was a pretty good size, with large print. I would like at some point to get an e-reader but only when two major things are changed. First, any type of agreement that says that the e-book you purchase doesn't really belong to you, and second, when DRM (digital rights management) is gone. This was, again, from Boing Boing earlier this year.

Neither party may assign any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement, whether by operation of law or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the other, except that (i) Amazon may assign any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without consent and (ii) you may assign all of you [sic: your] rights and obligations under this Agreement to any corporation or other entity domiciled in the United States without consent in connection with the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of a Title; provided that you shall give Amazon written notice of any such assignment no later than ten (10) business days following such assignment. Subject to the foregoing limitation, this Agreement will be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties and their respective successors and assigns.

Amazon can sell this contract - indeed, the whole Digital Books business - to anybody it wants, and your contract rides along with the sale. We revert to the essential necessity for you to be able to terminate this Agreement any time you want under the blue highlighted language in Section 9.

So.. if I buy a book, I OWN it. I can loan it to somebody, donate it to the library, keep it on a shelf forever, or burn it (kidding).

Useless Brick

Anyway, I was reminded of kindle again the other day when Amazon released some PR that sadi that they had outsold Kindle books on their site versus paper siges on Christmas day. Heh. Okay. People are not probably buying a bunch of books on Christmas Day, they usually are GIVEN books to read. But if people were gifted Kindles, then they were going to get some content for their Kindle on that day. In other words, I don't think it proves anything about e-books versus physical books from just that day, except that Amazon would like to use that to garner some momentum for e-books.

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