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Well, I'm going to still keep my books and I have no plans to buy a digital reader. I think Frank got this right when he commented that "the real agenda to provide a recreational area for rich kids".

Since they are not reading anyways, why have books? Since we seem in many ways to be headed back to a new feudal age, why even teach reading? An illiterate population is easier to control than a literate one. An illiterate ruler can be controlled by the literate church.

Reading is thinking. America, at least, does not seem to want thinkers. Rather, my country wants consumers — consumers of digital media.

In a current library journal, not sure which one, D.J. Hoek, Head of the Music Library at Northwestern University, discusses how music is becoming unavailable to library patrons because iTunes and other electronic distribution mechanisms explicitly only allows the final end-user to download music. He writes that now music is becoming legally unavailable to both libraries and archives.

The written word, it would seem, will disappear too behind a corporate curtain too. Consume forever.

by Magnifico on Fri Sep 4th, 2009 at 01:41:11 PM EST
Over the last several decades, there have been continuous legal attempts to enforce Music licencing, and stop the resale of CDs and records. Its always failed on consumer rights law, because the customer owns a solid object, but without a solid object the second hand market dissappears.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Sep 4th, 2009 at 02:33:01 PM EST
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On the other hand, the completely free market emerged out of thin air.

On the broader topic, there is no reason for the publishing industry not to go the same way as the record industry. They're less powerful anyway, and while amazon is trying to wall off - what's the term -the info space? (the ability to gain knowledge of something's existence) - I don't think they'll succeed. Once we start getting sophisticated search agents, proprietary databases like amazon lose their utility, and authors can go solo.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Sep 4th, 2009 at 05:15:06 PM EST
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Magnifico:
He writes that now music is becoming legally unavailable to both libraries and archives.

It's becoming illegally unavailable instead.

Not to libraries and archives, of course. But then - as I said before - libraries and archives, in the UK at least, don't offer much in the way of public access either.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Sep 5th, 2009 at 11:15:10 AM EST
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