Originally Posted by corona
With an ebook, you're just "buying" the rights, with all the attendant constraints on your actions. (And this is one reason I didn't buy a Kindle!)
But that's soooooooooooooo the problem!
We want to just BUY a book to OWN a book.
However, with area restrictions, agency deals, etc... we can't just buy a book. Suddenly every transaction is read the fine print... because even of we did read it last month, it may have been changed this month.
Sometimes you can't tell if you're renting or buying.
Add to the fact that a book may not exist in the format of your reader, or may be twice the cost... if you're more than a casual reader and want to "protect" your library, you have to become conversant in format switching and DRM stripping. The chaos and the games from the publishing houses are just driving everyone to learn the skills for their own sanity's sake.