Originally Posted by estral
Bear with me for a moment.
If Microsoft announced an eReader with the following policies, how would the ePublishing community react?
1. You do not purchase anything, all product is sold under a revokable license.
2. Your reader can be controlled and DISABLED remotely at the discression of the seller
3. Contents can be controlled remotely with features turned on and off at the will of the seller.
If Microsoft did this the sereaming by the publishing and IT communities would be so loud as to be deafening. So why is everyone so quiet about Amazon's policies, which are the ones listed above?
Beats me, any thoughts.
These 3 policies largely match those of Microsoft licenses to bulk business users and PC manufacturers.
1. You purchase licenses for each workstation in your business to use the software.
2. PC manufacturers can't load other OS's if they want to ship OEM loaded PCs with Windows.
3. Microsoft updates can turn things off/on - or break them without telling you.
So - maybe Amazon copied Microsoft's lead - and is assuming a monopoly stance in the eBook world.
So, sadly, most consumers are used to this level of high-handed proprietary attitude.