Originally Posted by mbianka
Well for me being green is also about keeping money in the wallet too when I can.
As far as that $60 book for sale
. I think that train has already left the station. Thanks to technology the days of making money with out of print books will soon be over. Thanks to E-Book publishing, books will never go out of print. The good news thanks to E readers we can carry a lot more of them on board without sinking the boat. I heard a report that E-books have surpassed sales of print books already.
Hi mbianka, but of course, don't forget the "bad news" thanks to ePublishing.
It is little understood that when you "buy" an ebook all you are really buying
is the right to display it on one of more of your machines that are registered to your account. If another friend or family member
wants to read it they have to use your machine. You cannot lend it to anyone else or borrow it from anyone without also giving them your kindle/tablet/computer or whatever.
When the technology changes then your license
lapses. Who is game
enough to predict what we will be reading our elibrary on in five, ten or twenty years. Under current
licenses we will have to repurchase the ebook every time the technology changes. How many people out there are still using a Commodore or an Apple II? (How many even remember these machines)
With real books we were able to borrow from public libraries those we wanted to only read once or make a quick reference. With real books some became collectors items which we passed on to our children
. I have precious books that are over a hundred years old that originally belonged to my grandparents. Do you think your Kindle will still be working then??
And finally when we were finished with an entertainment but not collectable book I could sell it at a second hand shop and get some more. As a student I would buy second hand textbooks whenever I could because they were cheaper. You cannot do that with an ebook.
The ebook may not be polluting and green but the old obsolete reader certainly is with all its plastic and heavy metals in its circuit when it is manufactured and finally thrown on the rubbish heap.
Yes, there are some conveniences in the use of ebooks and reader technology. That is why I am steadily building up my own ebook library. But there is a clear and definite downside as well. I suspect the book publishers are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of ebooks dominating the market.
laws are the real problem. They have not kept up with the technology. We have to find a new way to reward authors for their intellectual contribution and to protect them against piracy
, allow publishers a fair percentage for their distribution and promotion costs and still quarantee the purchaser ownership
rights to the product.
So I have to disagree with you if you think ebooks are all that "green" or the next best thing to sliced bread.