I have been reading a number of posts over the last couple of days about e-books and the conflicting opinions about them. It is a subject about which I have some thoughts on but for some reason couldn’t put into words on paper. So instead I thought I would do my first video blog post on the subject.
Primarily my thoughts got that extra little shove to do this from a post by Stowe Boyd where he said the following
Removing the social affordance of loaning someone a book is perhaps the worst crime perpetuated by the new world order of digital content. The communitarian aspect of shared books in libraries is similarly damaged.
Books should be social. Our personal property should be ours to loan to friends.
Imagine if Sears mde it impossible for me to loan my chain saw, or if fingerprint recognition on my VW made it impossible for a neighbor to borrow it?
But, in the name of countering ‘piracy’, we can’t loan The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress to a friend. And our society is lessened because of that.
With that in mind here is my 2¢ worth.
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