Delicious Links for January 30, 2010
January 30, 2010 @ 7:13 am | Filed under: Links
- Amazon Pulls Macmillan Books Over E-Book Price Disagreement – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com – Not cool.
- A Quick Note On eBook Pricing and Amazon Hijinx « Whatever – Author John Scalzi on Amazon’s eBooks: “I personally don’t buy ebooks with DRM on them, because I actually like to own the books I own. It’s a funny twitchy thing of mine. I’m not sure why other people are so willing to let that slide.” Ayup.
- Jenny’s Wonderland of Books: January 2010 Carnival of Children’s Literature – Woohoo! The Carnival of Children’s Literature is back! Many thanks to our excellent host, Jenny of Jenny’s Wonderland of Books, and to the Carnival’s new organizer, Anastasia Suen.
- Godsbody: The Eternal Smile by Gene Yang & Derek Kirk Kim – Matthew Lickona writes, “I think the book is kind of genius, and anything but modest, seeing as it takes careful aim at the unhealthy escape from reality that can be sought in both comics and religion, two things which are both hugely important to the writer. I’d call that pretty ambitious.”
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So this is what I don’t understand about Kindle and such. You don’t HAVE the books. You buy them and then they disappear. I don’t get why this would be a good thing. If I want to read them again, I have to pay again? I’d rather just keep up my library fines…
On January 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm
Anastasia Suen says:
Thanks for all of you help with the carnival, Lissa!
On January 31, 2010 at 7:03 am
Melissa Wiley says:
Jeanne, the ebooks you buy aren’t *supposed* to disappear. You’re supposed to own them outright and have them forever, just like music you buy via iTunes—but Amazon slaps DRM on them and therefore retains some control. (And iTunes has been disappointing on the DRM front too.)
It remains to be seen whether Apple will go the DRM route with books purchased through the iPad’s eBookstore. I’m hoping they’ll make the right decision (no DRM) but their track record isn’t great in this area.
Because of DRM, I *don’t* buy Kindle books to read on my iPod Touch—I only download free (public domain) books.
On January 31, 2010 at 7:24 am
Thanks for explaining this Lissa. I had actually wondered if you were buying Kindle books and how you made that work, considering your appetite : )
On February 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm
Melissa Wiley says:
I did buy one Kindle book (for the iPod Touch Kindle app) just to try out the reader. Imagine my chagrin when I found that same book in my pile of ARCs a short while later.
And I admit there are a number of books I have been tempted to buy via the Kindle app—like A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book, which Kindle has for $10—but I am deterred by that infernal DRM.
On February 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm