Over the past week,
Reselling Ebook: Rights vs. Content
When you would buy a physical version of a book, you would buy the rights to owning one copy of that book. It could be resold to whoever you chose, at whatever price, but at least there was only one copy of it. Eb
If the book resells for a dime, wouldn’t it cut into the profit margins of the author, especially if it is being resold right next to the original full-priced ebook? Mark-downs are common for used copies of physical books, but that’s because they physically degrade. A “used” ebook would look just like the original one.
David Pogue over at The Times tries to sort through this complication—physical degradation of a book is necessary for its discount. He goes through the patents filed by Amazon and Apple and doesn’t quite find a solution, but believes that publishers and writers will find a common ground that allows for used ebooks to help writers make a living, while also making their work more available and affordable.
What do you think about the possibility of used ebooks? As writers, do you want