Owning vs. licensing: I hate to be a killjoy, Jason Snell

Also, if you’re not a fan of DRM on ebooks, you might be interested to know that there’s a plug-in for Calibre that lets you remove the DRM from books and then convert them to other formats. I maintain a DRM-free backup of most of my Kindle books, so if I ever want to abandon the platform altogether, the books I bought will come with me to wherever is next. Piracy is bad, people, and authors deserve to get paid—but if I buy a book, I’m going to feel free to load it on any device I wish.

Dear Jason,

I hate to tell you this, but when you “buy” a book on the Kindle, you are not buying an actual copy of the book. This is where owning things IRL is completely different. IRL you buy the book and then you can do with it as you wish.

But when you “buy” a book on the Kindle you are only buying a license to use that book in that ecosystem. That is what you and the author have agreed upon.

Your statement is a blatant FU to the authors even though in the same breath you try to sound good by claiming that authors deserve to get paid.

You’re breaking that agreement. Knowingly. And it’s wrong.

Source: Calibre: How I put epub books on my Kindle – Six Colors

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