Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

About Joanna Cabot (1592 Articles)
"I’m a journalist, a teacher and an e-book fiend. I work as a French teacher at a K-3 private school. I use drama, music, puppets, props and all manner of tech in my job, and I love it. I enjoy moving between all the classes and having a relationship with each child in the school. Kids are hilarious, and I enjoy watching them grow and learn. My current device of choice for reading is my Amazon Kindle Touch, but I have owned or used devices by Sony, Kobo, Aluratek and others. I also read on my tablet devices using the Kindle app, and I enjoy synching between them, so that I’m always up to date no matter where I am or what I have with me."

1 Comment on Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

  1. The “Right to Resell” piece alerts us to a rising backlash to the double-speak of eBook retailers who say “buy” this book when the reality is that we are actually renting it for who knows how long. Our first sale rights are not abrogated by the fact that the item for sale is in digital form. We waive those rights via the contracts we “sign.” An important part of the moral validity of a contract is whether all parties genuinely understand the terms. In the case of eBooks, this is not at all clear. Purveyors of eBooks say “buy” when the contract says “rent.” Since only a Philadelphia lawyer can see this duplicity, it’s no wonder that the purchasing decisions of consumers are poorly informed. Eventually, though, enough people discover the ruse and begin agitating for legislation to level the playing field so that the average consumer understands the terms of sale. Hence, the call for “You bought it, you own it” laws. This could have been avoided with a more honest approach to the sale of eBooks.

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