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I shared it on the grapevine — 3 Comments

  1. An issue with legal ebooks that you don’t touch on is DRM. Part of the problem right now is that getting a legal copy of a book (ebook or paper) has a lot move overhead and limitations that downloading a copyright protected set of scans without permission.

    In other words, one can not only more easily acquire an illegitimate copy, but those copies can be more useful than a very limited ebook (e.g. one that can only be viewed on an ipad/iphone). That makes it a somewhat uphill battle until it’s addressed.

    • I’m not saying we should do it because it’s easy. What I’m saying is that one of the hurdles of legitimate online distribution is to make it almost as easy/useful as illegitimate distribution. There is certainly a segment of the populace that doesn’t mind paying, but doesn’t like paying extra just for more hassle.

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