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Old 03-14-2011, 10:46 AM   #1
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Great News! Amazon scores more ebook exclusives

<tongue in cheek>

The Digital Reader Rants on Amazon and Copyright Laws in the US

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Amazon announced today that they had scored another ebook exclusive. Open Road Media have justed signed a contract with Amazon to provide 7 recently converted books written by Albert Einstein...

...here’s a guy who has been dead for 55 years, won’t benefit from this transaction, and yet his works are still under copyright rather than belonging to us all. How is that right?

...I can’t help but feel that some publishers are ghouls, picking over the bones of the dead.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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Ironic that their name is open road media
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:44 AM   #3
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And I sincerely hope the thread title was being sarcastic/ironic as the last thing we need is more exclusives tying any work to one ereader format...

OK... just noticed <tongue in cheek>
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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Ironic that their name is open road media
"All roads lead to Amazon"
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Not necessarily... most of us are Roman elsewhere as well...

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Old 03-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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All Open Roads are closed to anyone without a Kindle.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:58 AM   #7
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:09 PM   #8
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Yeah, saw the title and was like "WTF? How is that good news, let alone great?". Really a shame that they're Kindle exclusive, because I would want to get them otherwise.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:10 PM   #9
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All Open Roads are closed to anyone without a Kindle.
How? I've bought several books from Amazon, and I don't have Kindle...
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #10
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PC or Mac?

They've got an app for that.
(I suspect this is what they'll argue to avoid the inevitable antitrust concerns)
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:18 PM   #11
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Way to go Amazon. You've just taken more eBooks and basically, closed them off to most of the world.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:05 PM   #12
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...or a Windows PC, or a Mac, or an iPad, or an iPhone, or a Blackberry, or an Android phone, or a Windows phone...

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Way to go Amazon. You've just taken more eBooks and basically, closed them off to most of the world.
Yep, I guess if you don't have a Kindle you're totally and utterly excluded from reading those books by Einstein.
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...or a Windows PC, or a Mac, or an iPad, or an iPhone, or a Blackberry, or an Android phone, or a Windows phone...
That's of course provided that you pay the super dooper $2 Whispernet tax added into the ebook prices for the magical Whispernet delivery of your ebook directly to your device.

You've got a device that doesn't make use of Whispernet, well then you still pay for it on the odd change that you will sometime in the forseeable future own a Kindle that uses the magic Whispernet, ust wait and see and pay now for the privilege!
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Damn, now you've gone and spoiled the start of yet another "I hate..." (fill in your own candidate) thread by being reasonable and technically more accurate...


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...or a Windows PC, or a Mac, or an iPad, or an iPhone, or a Blackberry, or an Android phone, or a Windows phone...


Yep, I guess if you don't have a Kindle you're totally and utterly excluded from reading those books by Einstein.
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That's of course provided that you pay the super dooper $2 Whispernet tax added into the ebook prices for the magical Whispernet delivery of your ebook directly to your device.
I thought that had been got rid of? I bought a Kindle book just a couple of days ago priced at £0.70, and it cost me exactly £0.70...

"Kindle Price: £0.70 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet"

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Damn, now you've gone and spoiled the start of yet another "I hate..." (fill in your own candidate) thread by being reasonable and technically more accurate...
Oops!
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