A smart article deserves a convenient title: The Kindle Swindle?
Hypothetically, I get a copy of, say, “The Inconvenient Truth”, and pay for the book. So, in an Ideal World ™ that pays for reading the book once. Every time I read it, I should pay for it as for a fresh book, since it’s a fresh reading. If I read it aloud, it becomes an audio book, ka-ching for that. If I flip the pages quickly, it becomes moving words and pictures (does that version have pictures in it?) — hey, I’m watching a motion picture — ka-ching! Retroactively, I browsed it a bit at the bookstore, so it was an exhibited piece as if at a museum (arguable!) and it’s a work of art (hard to argue against!). Museum tix? Ka-ching! Going forward, it’s on my desk, and I work with loose sheets (ask Murphy, he things a writing board give Tina Fey glasses run for the make-me-look-cool money) — so yes, your honour, I used the tome as a paperweight. Ka-ching! That time when I played ping-pong because it seemed handy? Ka-ching. If I pack it with me on a flight? Umm, isolate the book and the planet from the distractions and you can clearly see: “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! it’s a flying book!” Mind it, we’re charging for it only as a toy plane! Ka-ching!
Really, the guy who wrote this article “The Kindle Swindle?” might charge you as if it were a REAL aircraft.
Some sense churns out from the article though: the insecurity of the creator in losing control of the creation. The insecurity of an author from yesterday facing the very different technical reality of today. Current patterns of media consumption demand an updated business model which ensures at least one thing: if you’re having more fun with your books now, the authors should be getting more money. That’s not sophisticated at all, but this is not a problem that I’m tackling tonight, so next thought:
Newspapers are dying because free online news are killing them. Free weather information on websites so ad defaced you suspect their owners sabotaged themselves. Noble news should be free in a democracy. Propagation of opinion should be free. Ugh. I don’t want to tackle this problem tonight either, for lack of time not of interest.