On an intellectual level, I think e-readers are great. The convenience is extremely hard to argue with. My most persistent hang-up- and the reason I don’t own one, yet- has to do with exactly what the above article describes.
When you buy an e-book, you don’t own it and you don’t have any rights if it’s taken away. As society becomes more e-reader centered, I find the possibilities for censorship worrying.
If nothing else, the bureaucratic hell of the above e-mail exchange mean it’s time to read more Kafka!
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- divine-dreamers-delight answered: my oh my, i got a kindle as a present, n i mostly just read the free books, or purchase the cheapest buks that i don’t care owning. Horrible.
- jebr answered: Plus, physical books just look cool.
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- gradschoolroundtwo answered: I bought a B&N Nook since I spent 3 months traveling and I love it. But the censorship issue…that never even occurred to me.
- hcolleen answered: I have an ebook reader, but I prefer paper books because of the ownership issue. I prefer to own what I pay for.
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