used e-books

The Intangibility of Books: The Digital Bibliophile

By Eric Burns-White
October 7, 2015 // 9 Comments

Hadley Gibson is one of the newest bloggers at Cambridge Editors’ Blog, a house organ and mouthpiece for Cambridge Editors, which perhaps not shockingly is an editorial service for hire. 1 They offer line editing, critiquing, proofreading — in short, all the services that a writer might [...]

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 by the work of John Ossenmacher, the founder and CEO of ReDigi — a company that refers to itself [...]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 to authors. I don’t, however, think Amazon is—as she asserts—about to ‘break the [...]

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.) A group called the Owners’ Rights Initiative wants to change that. The ORI believes that the [...]

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 will be removed from his account and transferred to the buyer’s account. Amazon will receive a [...]

Morning Links — Used e-books are getting closer

By Joanna Cabot
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: eBooks Up 70% (The Verge) Kindle Daily Deals: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (and 3 [...]

Amazon scores broad patent on reselling ‘used’ digital content

By Chris Meadows
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 in a legal dispute with music label EMI over its activities. Now it looks as if, as with a lot of its [...]

Would used e-books work, redux

By Chris Meadows
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 well as ReDigi’s idea of selling used e-music. In the unlikely event courts bless it, then yes, we [...]

Ninth Circuit rules EULA licensing restrictions on digital content enforceable

By Chris Meadows
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 Circuit ruled in a long-standing case concerning End-User Licensing Agreements on computer software—and [...]

Are ‘second-hand e-books’ possible?

By Chris Meadows
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) that, since there is no physical artifact to depreciate, an e-book couldn’t really be considered [...]

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