“Amazon’s bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving.”
Secondhand ebooks? Could a patent owned by Amazon ruin authors’ livelihoods? Is this dangerous for publishers? A very interesting article in the ever-changing world of publishing.
This much is known: the patent is for an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects”, where “when the user no longer desires to retain the right to access the now-used digital content, the user may move the used digital content to another user’s personalized data store when permissible and the used digital content is deleted from the originating user’s personalized data store.”
This news bears watching–for the future of all indie digital publishers.
***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***
Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/ebook-publishing-amazon
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