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Old 04-02-2011, 10:55 PM   #76
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In most, but not all, cases Google ebooks can also be downloaded as ePubs. These can be DRM-free or DRM-ridden, depending on the ebook. This provides a backdoor in case Google books ever closes down.
Do you get to see if you can download the eBooks as ePub before purchase or are you only to know this after the purchase?
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:56 PM   #77
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We can all thank the pirates who are the ones forcing those ebooks in the clouds upon us.
We can blame the publishers who try to lock up the eBooks not the people who want them without the locks.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:59 PM   #78
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Not to drag Apple into this, but I remember when Steve Jobs introduced the 2nd AppleTV, which only streams content. He said basically that his customers want to own* their music, but want to just rent their video content-hence the two models (buying iTunes music, streaming iTunes video). Based on how Apple is treating iBooks, I think they (and many readers here) put books in the "own" not "rent/stream" category, which is why the Netflix analogy doesn't seem to work here. (I understand the analogy, I just think how the content is used is more an issue than you think-even Pandora is probably used as a radio replacement rather than a CD collection replacement)


*yes, it's a license, not owning blah blah blah

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