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Old 08-29-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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e-Book Readers Bill of Rights - a little fun

I noticed that Edge Online published a "PC Gamers Bill of Rights".
http://www.edge-online.com/blogs/the-gamers-bill-rights

Can we come up with our own e-Book Reader Bill of Rights?

I'll steal Jon's.

1) All electronic books will be published in an open standard or will be made available in all proprietary formats. (No exclusive deals)
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:44 PM   #2
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I noticed that Edge Online published a "PC Gamers Bill of Rights".
http://www.edge-online.com/blogs/the-gamers-bill-rights

Can we come up with our own e-Book Reader Bill of Rights?

I'll steal Jon's.

1) All electronic books will be published in an open standard or will be made available in all proprietary formats. (No exclusive deals)
2) For free..........
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2) All eBooks will be priced reasonably and fairly. No more double digit pricing. $8 when the book is a hardcover edition and $5 when it's paperback (no matter which format paperback).
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:46 PM   #4
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I liked DG's #2 better but if we can't have hers then yours is a good second best.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
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3) Unlimited right to copy the ebook to whichever device you are using at the time, instead of chaining you to only 2 locations.

DG, I got the Stephanie Plum novels, but can only read them on this work computer and at home. Couldn't even get it onto my reader. But you were right, they are a laugh riot!
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3) Unlimited right to copy the ebook to whichever device you are using at the time, instead of chaining you to only 2 locations.

DG, I got the Stephanie Plum novels, but can only read them on this work computer and at home. Couldn't even get it onto my reader. But you were right, they are a laugh riot!
As long as you can read them somewhere........I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at something. Really annoyed my husband in bed, cause I wouldn't stop reading to explain why I was laughing..........
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:34 PM   #7
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3) Unlimited right to copy the ebook to whichever device you are using at the time, instead of chaining you to only 2 locations.

DG, I got the Stephanie Plum novels, but can only read them on this work computer and at home. Couldn't even get it onto my reader. But you were right, they are a laugh riot!
In English....

3) No DRM
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:58 PM   #8
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4) The right to truthful advertising. If you choose to ignore #3 and corrupt a perfectly good e-book with DRM then the monetary transactions involved with the resultant artifact can only be referred to as a rental. The terms buy, sell or own will not be used. The rental costs associated with these poor burdened items will be no more then 10% of the cost of an e-book without the corruption.

5) If both #3 & #4 are ignored then we retain the right, nay duty, to remove the corruption and free the literary marvel to a long life of friendship and love.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:24 PM   #9
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2) All eBooks will be priced reasonably and fairly. No more double digit pricing. $8 when the book is a hardcover edition and $5 when it's paperback (no matter which format paperback).
I'd be satisfied with simply: "Lower priced than the lowest priced paper version." Or perhaps "At least one dollar less than the cost of the lowest priced paper version."
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:40 PM   #10
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6) e-Books will be released on the same day as the print books, in all available formats (or open format/no DRM)

7) e-Books will contain all the data included in the print books (e.g., "back cover" book description, book cover, any front-page teasers, excerpts to the author's next books, etc.)

8) if author/publisher issues corrections/additions to the printed paperback, the e-Book will be corrected and made available to all prior "hardback" e-Book purchasers

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9) publishers releasing e-Book that are part of a series must also release all prior books from that series in e-Book format at the same time

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:04 AM   #11
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I'd be satisfied with simply: "Lower priced than the lowest priced paper version." Or perhaps "At least one dollar less than the cost of the lowest priced paper version."
That wont do at all. The publishers have this new format that's taller and narrower that has larger print so they can raise the price of what should be list piriced at $7.99. I do not want eBook prices to be based on this abomination at all.
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:54 PM   #12
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Your criteria are different from mine. I suspect there are economic reasons driving the odd format books. I'm hoping ebooks will help to solve those problems, but I'm not counting on much discount beyond whatever they're charging for paper.
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9) publishers releasing e-Book that are part of a series must also release all prior books from that series in e-Book format at the same time
I totally agree, I have all of the Jonathon Kellerman, Alex Delaware series, minus number three and I cannot find it in e-book version for lover or money, most annoying.

10) Australian authors and publishers shall publish e-book formats.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:11 AM   #14
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Your criteria are different from mine. I suspect there are economic reasons driving the odd format books. I'm hoping ebooks will help to solve those problems, but I'm not counting on much discount beyond whatever they're charging for paper.
I was at Costco yesterday and say these of these new books at a lit of $9.99. They are slightly taller then a proper paperback, more expensive, might not fit in your bookcase, and feel unnatural to hold in your hand to read. Basically, they are an abomination of pBooks. Plus, if eBooks are priced based on the pBook, we'll have higher priced eBooks too.
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With rights go responsibilities too. I would therefore add:

I will not knowingly deprive any author or publishers of income by downloading a book that I have not bought a paper copy of, nor will I illegally download an eBook when there is a legal version available.

I will not give copies of my DRM-free eBooks to anybody, unless this is sanctioned by the author or publisher.
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