Welcome to another week here on Four Foxes, One Hound.
The theme this month has been all about books, and we finish it with the question on everyone’s lips – Are we concerned about the development of e-books/e-readers, the availability and the possible danger of pirating.
I admit I’m the old-fashioned paperback girl converted to an e-book reader. Sorry!
Having said that, if I really enjoyed a book, I still buy the paperback for my bookshelf. After all, there’s nothing better than going back to a book you’ve read and have another flick through it and read certain passages.
Anyway, e-books. Yes, I suppose, one has to go with the times, and if that is the way to go, I can’t change that. There are many concerns I have. I can remember getting an e-book from the library a few months back. I hadn’t had any idea on how this would work. Anyhow, I got the e-book downloaded, and three weeks later got a message from the library via email to destroy the file.
The email clearly asked me to destroy the file. I was wondering what would happen if I didn’t. Self destruction? A small James Bond’ish kind of device letting the library know that I hadn’t deleted the file, yet. But … nothing happened. The library assumed I was a compliant customer and suddenly I was the owner of an e-book.
Paid nothing. Zilch. Nix. Niente.
Okay, in all fairness, I did delete the file once I had read the book to shrug off the guilty feeling I had (from memory it honestly could’ve destroyed itself it was that bad). However, I wonder how many readers have actually figured out the system and added to their e-book collection to the publisher/author’s expense?
Is it a fair system?
Sign of the times or not. It’s not thought through well enough, yet, to make it a fair system. And don’t get me started on those people out there who think they’re the bee’s knees by sharing e-books on pirate websites.
Am I wrong? Please share your thoughts.