Do you truly own your e-books?

“To the casual observer, the e-book revolution has produced two bumper crops: smutty trilogies à la “Fifty Shades of Grey” and lawsuits. First there were the authors (as represented by the Authors Guild), who sued Google Books for digitizing their work without permission. Then the Department of Justice sued five publishers and Apple for adopting a policy known as the agency model. Finally, a trio of independent booksellers filed a class-action suit last week against the six largest book publishers and Amazon, accusing them of collaborating to create a monopoly on e-book sales and shutting small retailers out of the market. The booksellers — Fiction Addiction of Greenville, S.C., Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, N.Y., and Posman Books of New York City — are demanding the right to sell what they term “open-source and DRM-free” e-books, files that can be read on a Kindle or any other e-reading device. The publishers are accused of entering into “confidential agreements” with Amazon making this impossible.”

via Salon.com

7 Responses to “Do you truly own your e-books?”

  1. confusedcious
    March 2, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Just lately (last week or so?) your RSS feed is sending me a post for every single comment you recieve on this blog – no doubt I will get one for this too. With the longer ones there might be a point but getting a string of notifications for three word comments is really irritating.

    Please consider fixing this.

    • ITI Support
      March 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      Which URL are you using for the RSS feed? The URL since the last major update over a year ago is:

      http://www.librarystuff.net/feed/tumblog/

      the old URL of:

      http://www.librarystuff.net/feed/

      also still works since we set up a redirect when we moved to this theme.

      The system does generate feeds that include comments but neither of the two listed above do that. If the feel you are using includes /comments/ anywhere in the feed, you may want to replace it with one of the feeds above.

  2. someone
    March 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    @confusedcious: I’m here because I had the same problem, but I assume their feed address has changed. When I clicked on the RSS symbol in the far right of the black bar at the top of the page, I can see that the address is different from the one that I’ve been subscribing to. I’ve changed the address in my reader now, and I hope that solves the problem. It would have been nice, though, if they had let readers know the address had changed. Instead, they just allowed their readers to be comment spammed. I wonder how many other readers simply unsubscribed instead of looking into it or even bothering to comment?

    • ITI Support
      March 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      Which URL were you using for the RSS feed? The URL since the last major update over a year ago is:

      http://www.librarystuff.net/feed/tumblog/

      the old URL of:

      http://www.librarystuff.net/feed/

      also still works since we set up a redirect when we moved to this theme.

      The site predates our move to WordPress so if you have an even older feed URL in use you should switch to one of the ones above. If you can clue me on the Feed URL you were using I may be able to redirect that URL to the correct URL.

      • someone
        March 5, 2013 at 8:34 am #

        The one I unsubscribed from yesterday was http://www.librarystuff.net/index.rdf. Thanks for looking into it.

        • ITI Support
          March 5, 2013 at 11:14 am #

          Thanks! That URL goes back 4+ years to when LibraryStuff.net was a Blogger site.

          I set the redirect on that old URL to point to the http://www.librarystuff.net/feed/tumblog/ feed so it should clear up the problem for anyone still subscribed to that feed.

  3. Steven
    March 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Thanks for bringing this up. I’ve sent this into the folks at ITI and I’ll let you know what they say.

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