Down With Paper!

Friday, May 23, 2008


Last November, Amazon unveiled a new electronic book reader whose display incorporates digital ink technology and looks remarkably like paper. Michael McCreary of E-Ink Corporation hopes that consumers will finally give up the dead-tree version of books.

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Ron Bean from Wisconsin

My concern has less to do with the hardware and more to do with routine DRM SNAFUs.

When I buy a paper book, my ownership of that copy is absolute. The seller can't revoke it, or prevent me from reading it or referring back to it in the future. When you buy an electronic book that has any kind of DRM, you're really just renting it. Any routine hiccup in the DRM system can prevent you from reading it, and there is no guarantee that your ownership rights can be transferred to a new reader device. Inevitably, there will be times when your only recourse will be to buy another copy.

The availability of used books also puts some pressure on copyright holders to keep the price reasonable.

May. 26 2008 11:37 AM
Abigail Child from nyc east village

your comments about war and peace were not only philistine and sorry—a little under-educated—but missed the opportunity to bring "literature" into the populist imagination.
war and peace is an early version of the tv serial shows.
all the chapters are under 12 pages or so and make a perfect read before falling asleep. its a kind of heady soap, about a family and their friends living through a history—
not unlike an american family, yes privileged (part of the appeal, no? cf gossip girl, dynasty et al), living through vietnam or iraq in which the son, noble and idealistic goes to war!
its wonderful written, completely personal and vivid imagistic not unlike a film.
what is wrong with your editors and whom they know?
This was a chance missed.
abby c hild

May. 25 2008 10:59 AM

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