used e-books

The digital resale controversy, in the New York Times

By Dan Eldridge
March 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

The New York Times ran an interesting and fairly informative feature story on March 7; it covers the digital publishing industry’s current digital resale controversy, which was sparked largely [...]

The Digital Reselling Issue: What about the customer's rights?

By libertyc
February 20, 2013 // 13 Comments

Yesterday, TeleRead published two thoughtful essays on the digital reselling issue (here, and here) from author Marilynn Byerly. I appreciate her desire to ensure that any used digital market is fair [...]

More on Amazon's used e-books controversy

By Marilynn Byerly
February 19, 2013 // 12 Comments

Digital products like e-books are licensed—not sold—to a buyer, so they can’t be legally resold, shared, or loaned. (See my article on e-books and the first sale doctrine for more information.) [...]

Is Amazon About to Break the Law?

By Marilynn Byerly
February 19, 2013 // 7 Comments

Amazon has patented a means to sell used e-books within the Kindle system. A book will be branded within the system when it is bought, and when the buyer puts it up for resale at the Kindle store, it [...]

Morning Links — Used e-books are getting closer

By libertyc
February 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

Project Gutenberg Adds Dropbox Support (Lifehacker) Sales of Used eBooks Getting Closer (Publisher’s Weekly) eBook Challenges in Japan (Good e-Reader) Amazon’s Digital Metamorphosis: [...]

Amazon scores broad patent on reselling ‘used’ digital content

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve written quite a few pieces here about the various attempts to try to create a workable digital resale market—most recently with digital music resale firm ReDigi, which is currently engaged [...]

Would used e-books work, redux

By libertyc
January 10, 2012 // 25 Comments

Since the ReDigi lawsuit surfaced a few days ago, some of the e-book blogs have been taking notice. EbookNewser simply asks “Could selling used e-books work?” (The answer is, probably about as [...]

Ninth Circuit rules EULA licensing restrictions on digital content enforceable

By libertyc
September 11, 2010 // 4 Comments

The matter of first sale and imports I mentioned yesterday is not the only recent Ninth Circuit decision with unpleasant first-sale implications. Ars Technica reported yesterday that the Ninth [...]

Are ‘second-hand e-books’ possible?

By libertyc
July 25, 2010 // 41 Comments

Nick Harkaway has posted on the Bookseller’s “FuturEBooks” blog wondering about the possibility of selling “second-hand e-books”. He points out (as I did in this TeleRead post on the idea) [...]

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