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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Kindle-not-so-much link cycle

  • So Book-like, You’d Think It Was a Book (but it’s not)

    When I first read about this, I admit, I was a little apprehensive.

    “Who is actually going to buy this stupid piece of shit for jerks?” I yelled at my computer screen.

    “Jerks?” I added, slyly.

    “Think about it,” you may be saying as you read this blog post on your flawless e-paper during a long train ride.“Kindle combines your love of reading with your even bigger love of putting your book down so it can recharge for three hours.” Well, you’ve got me there, I hadn’t really thought about that.

    (via The Written Nerd)

  • The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts)

    When someone buys a book, they are also buying the right to resell that book, to loan it out, or to even give it away if they want. Everyone understands this.

    Jeff Bezos, Open letter to Author’s Guild, 2002

    You may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not, and you will not encourage, assist or authorize any other person to, bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content.

    Amazon, Kindle Terms of Service, 2007

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