Week Four – Sharing e-books

HLN’s ‘save more, spend less’ guy was talking awhile back about sites that allow people to ‘share’ e-books. I tried to find the video, but only found this link;

www.clarkhoward.com/news/technology/new-free-way-virtually-lend-e-books/nFsF/

Quite frankly, I don’t think I like this idea.

‘Spend less’ guy says it’s good because this site is a virtual library. You can swap books with someone else and not pay anything. Okay, I understand that would be appealing in this tough economical time, but Amazon sells e-books at low prices to start with, and before you buy them, you’re given a chance to see if you’d like the story or not by downloading the first few chapters.

People know what they like very quickly, and chances are, you’re going to know whether or not you like the story within those first few chapters.  So I don’t get it. Why would you go to one of these site to swap ebooks? You don’t know the person who uploaded the book, and I would be afraid of there being a virus planted in one of those swapped books. Plus there’s the whole DMR (Digital Management Rights) issue. How do they get around that?

E-books are cheaper than some paperbacks now, and with the free apps supplied by Amazon (and possibly other sites, I have yet to check into this), you can have your own reader right on your computer.  

I’m sorry ‘save more, spend less’ guy, in my opinion, this piece of advice isn’t worth the money it’s printed on.     

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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