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Why I don't like e-books, part IV, the loss of ownership continued 
4th-Feb-2014 05:39 pm
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This is actually more sad (to me) than a rant. However, I do like posting other sides of arguments when they have merit to share.

I am on the other side of the e-book divide (still) than comics author Dave Kellett. In 2012, he posted both in cartoon form and in his blog about the rise of digital libraries, and how borrowing is going to become the new norm. Book ownership, and hardcopy books, will become the rarity while file sharing will become ascendent.

http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/120725.html - the comic
http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/120724.html - the blog post

I'm not sure that books will entirely disappear, given requirements of physical form for children still (durability and cheap to replace just one that gets broken vs. replacing the entire Kindle), but I can see the tipover for popular "dime store novels" and other common paperback styles.

(Part 1, part 2, part 3)
Comments 
4th-Feb-2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
I have The Hunger Games in ebook form. When Zoe decided she wanted to read it, it was imperative she have it in dead tree format. She has to be *seen* reading it.

It hadn't occurred to me before how important that is for some people, and for some books. When everyone was reading A Brief History of Time, a bunch of them were only reading it to be seen to be reading it. Like coffee table books. Dead tree format will live on not just because of those of us who prefer that format, but because there is an important "accessory" market.
5th-Feb-2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I agree in part. Accessory books, coffee table books, and doctor waiting room books will likely soldier on.

On the flip side from the "must be seen with" crowd of titles, I expect that the majority of pornography and risque topics will move to electronic-only format for the anonymity. The cover of a Kindle/Nook/Phone does not pop up a title for everyone to see.
4th-Feb-2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not thrilled with the way they restrict lending. Thus... I'm willing to share my amazon log-in with friends who want to read a book I own. As long as they use the kindle-app and not their kindle, Amazon doesn't need to know it's not me reading it. I just ask that they remember to log me out before buying stuff!
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