used media

Morning Links: Selling used books for a penny. eBooks vs paper books redux

By Joanna Cabot
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Patterson Defends Collaborative Writing (GalleyCat) Patterson’s success stems from publishing numerous bestsellers a year with the help of a team of writers, a practice that he has been criticized for as focusing on quantity versus quality. *** E-Readers vs. Book Books: A Book Lover Weighs [...]

Morning Links: Used eBook sales coming? In defense of self publishing

By Joanna Cabot
February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Secondhand Downloads: Are Used eBook Sales Coming? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) I know that’s not the fiery response some might expect, but after watching the ebook market for the past 5 years I’ve come to believe that there’s little or no market pressure for the resale of digital [...]

Morning Links: Reading diversely. Audiobooks benefiting from podcast boom?

By Joanna Cabot
January 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Reading Diversely FAQ, Part 2 (Book Riot) It’s no secret that diversity in reading is an important value at Book Riot. We write about it so often, in fact, that we’ve noticed that the same questions come up again and again from our readers in the comment sections of those posts… *** Are [...]

Dealing with the Coming Onslaught of Used Media

By Joanna Cabot
March 21, 2014 // 5 Comments

In the past few years, I have been growing ever more digital in my media habits. First, the paper books started getting replaced. Then I stopped buying TV show boxed sets and started watching them on Netflix. Now I am moving the last of my DVD workouts onto my hard drive for easy iPad streaming, [...]

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 [...]

European court rules used software sales legal—even for downloaded titles

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2012 // 2 Comments

Here’s an interesting software ruling out of European courts that might have implications for digital music and e-book resale. The Wall Street Journal reports that Oracle sued a German software company, UsedSoft, that buys up and resells used software licenses from American companies. In that [...]

Judge finds ReDigi does not have to shut down pending EMI’s lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
February 7, 2012 // 2 Comments

Good news for “used digital music” reseller ReDigi: the district court judge handling the case has denied EMI’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the company, which would have shut it down during the trial. Citing the “fascinating” technological and legal issues involved, U.S. [...]

ReDigi begins buying ‘used’ digital music

By Chris Meadows
October 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

TechCrunch reports that digital music resale firm ReDigi, who I mentioned back in February, is actually launching its eMarketplace to allow people to buy and sell “pre-owned” digital music. ReDigi claims that it has consulted with lawyers and determined what it’s doing is legal, but I’m not [...]

Digital déjà vu: ReDigi pledges to allow resale of ‘used’ MP3s

By Chris Meadows
February 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

Here we go again. ReadWriteWeb reports on ReDigi, a new startup that plans to allow people to resell their pre-owned digital music. This is an idea whose time has come…and gone, and come and gone again, without ever getting any farther than being an idea. Of course, digital media can’t really [...]

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 [...]

Target begins buying used iPhone, iPod Touch, video games

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

If you’re interested in a used iPhone or iPod Touch for e-reading, you’ll soon have another option to buy it. Target is rolling out a trade-in program for mobile electronics such as iPhones, iPod Touchs, or other cell phones—or used video games. (As Engadget notes, its timing is remarkable [...]

Lexink wants to allow resale of ‘used’ digital media

By Chris Meadows
June 11, 2010 // 9 Comments

Update: Welcome, Ebooknewser readers! A couple of days ago I mentioned the IEEE working group that is working on a standard to use DRM to treat digital property more like “real” property. It turns out they aren’t the only ones working on that sort of solution. A few days ago, Mediabistro’s [...]

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