Discussion Question: Should E-Books Be Treated Like Printed Books?
Sometimes I don't feel like I own my e-books. I can't touch them, smell them, or give them to friends. Obviously there's nothing that can be done about the touching and smelling, but if I buy the book, shouldn't I be able to do whatever I want to with it? Yes, I paid less for it, but I'm assuming it costs the publisher a lot less for me to buy it as an e-book than as a printed book (anyone have any idea how much are the relative costs?) It's just strange that if I read an amazing book on my Kindle that there's no way for me to lend it to a friend. I know there's a lending feature on Amazon, but I checked quite a few of my books and none of them have that option (my understanding is that it's up to the publisher). Plus the fact that, from what I read, you can only lend it once. And I know I could share a Kindle account with multiple people and that's another way books can be shared. But other than that (which really doesn't count), I can't lend my e-books. Should I be able to? Thinking about it from the publisher's perspective (and Amazon's), if we were able to send a Kindle book to anyone to share, they would lose money. And probably more money than they lose by people sharing their printed books because I generally loan books to people who live near me, I don't mail them to people. If I could send e-books, I could just hit a button and send it to anyone anywhere. Which makes it more likely that I would. So I do understand it, but at the same time, it feels like I don't really own the book. Thoughts? (And obviously I'm not talking about ARCs, that's a whole different subject).