Originally Posted by Sregener
Why they care, I don't know. Bits are bits, and most people generally don't care which Internet IP address the bits came from, as long as they can read the content without risk of a virus.
They care because it is Amazon doing something right (it validates yet again the virtues of Whispernet).
Bits are bits and licenses are licenses and nowhere in the contracts does it state that accessing the library ebooks has to be unnecessarily cumbersome. And the fact that both the Overdrive app and the Sony readers achieve a similarly frictionless process is proof that the allegedly frictionless access is not the issue but another smokescreen. The tantrum is simply over Amazon being able to not only offer their users a path to library ebooks but a path with richer features (once you get the ebook) than the competition.
Think about it; how are the publishers *ever* going to kill Amazon if they keep matching and improving on the competition?
Library ebooks used to be a competitive advantage (on paper) for ADEPT-based eReaders; now it is either neutral or slightly negative depending on how frictionless the access offered it. That is the reason for all the gnashing.