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Old 03-25-2013, 06:50 PM   #16
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...At least with Amazon I can be reasonably sure they won't disapear.
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What does the continued longevity of a company have to do with it?...
I'm over sixty. I've seen many a business—some of them giants—come and go. If you don't have your ebooks stored locally sans DRM, there's absolutely no guarantee you'll have access to them tomorrow.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #17
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I'm over sixty. I've seen many a business—some of them giants—come and go. If you don't have your ebooks stored locally sans DRM, there's absolutely no guarantee you'll have access to them tomorrow.
Agreed. Plus Amazon's (and B&N) already dropped ebooks once and folks lost access to their books.

Not that times are the same now, but...
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I learned my lesson when Agency Pricing arrived and I lost access to over two thirds of the ebooks in my Diesel library due to a sudden application of geo restrictions.

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:54 AM   #19
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I'm over sixty. I've seen many a business—some of them giants—come and go. If you don't have your ebooks stored locally sans DRM, there's absolutely no guarantee you'll have access to them tomorrow.
So true. Unless the government determines that you are To Big To Fail.....or Prosecute.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:43 AM   #20
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Agreed. Plus Amazon's (and B&N) already dropped ebooks once and folks lost access to their books.
In fairness to Amazon, when they stopped selling PDF books, they gave people something like a year's notice, so nobody could reasonably claim to have been caught unaware by the move.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:14 AM   #21
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In fairness to Amazon, when they stopped selling PDF books, they gave people something like a year's notice, so nobody could reasonably claim to have been caught unaware by the move.
Never said they were caught unaware (they sold LIT too).
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Never said they were caught unaware (they sold LIT too).
Actually, I was caught unaware. At the time, I was on active duty, and was gone for the better part of 9 months on a duty posting to a very northerly and remote location, with very little comms around.

Came back to find all my previous Amazon purchases were gone. I swore then that I would never buy a book that I can't remove DRM from.

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