The other day, I discovered something quite disturbing about downloading books onto reading devices – especially Kindle’s. Were you aware that the books you buy can be removed at any time without you knowing about it or being able to prevent it? No, nor did I until recently. Here’s a little of what I’ve seen online, on writing sites or groups that stunned me.
‘…on Kindle, you do not ‘buy and own’ the book. You license the digital copy of the book for use on your Kindle. Amazon can, and has, yanked books that you have paid for right off your Kindle. They have that right under the set up…
…it can disappear from your Kindle. If you bought the printed copy, they can’t come to your home and take it away from you because you own a physical piece of property. The Kindle form is a digital license to access, and they have the technical ability to make it disappear…’RG – Authors Helping Authors
‘I read a bitter complaint on another site – that a reader had been banned from buying ebooks, and what’s more, could no longer access books that she’d previously bought. She thought it was because she’d made too many returns, but was irate that she’d also lost the old books. (reason for banning not confirmed)…
…There is something saying that ebooks are not ‘bought’ but ‘hired…’ MM – Authors helping Authors
Just those little bits give you an idea of what I’ve seen being talked about by writers, and readers, worried their books are disappearing from Kindle’s for no apparent reason. So how safe are the books you’ve downloaded and will they be there next time you go to read them?
I have always favoured books over reading on an electronic device and probably always will. There is something about holding it, looking at the cover and turning pages that Kindle doesn’t offer. Besides, if a book is used for reference, you can’t beat a book on a shelf that you can go and pick up at any time – sometimes years later. How awful if you’re enjoying what you’re reading only to go back later and find the rest of the book has disappeared with no way of retrieving it?
Most of my book sales are downloads, but quite a few people also tell me that having read them, they’ll also later buy the paperback to keep for reference purposes. I was considering buying a kindle as they’re brilliant for taking on holiday, but for books I want to know will be there next time I want to read it, I’ll stick to the ones with pages.
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