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#1 Jean Oram

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

Looks like Amazon has an idea on how ebooks can be resold as 'used' books through their site. No word whether they actually plan to do so and whether it would include the bookmarks and highlighting from the previous owner (joking here--sort of).

 

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http://gizmodo.com/5...ell-used-ebooks


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:44 AM

Years back Apple got a patent that had people up in arms.  It was for a system of ads that, to make sure people actually paid attention, would require the viewer to answer a question correctly to get back to the website they were trying to watch, and if you failed, you have to watch again.  Apple got the patent, but not to use.  Thanks to this, you can't be forced to watch ads that are a couple minutes long as used to be done.  You can shut them now.  So you can thank Apple that it's only in uncommon situations that you can be forced to watch an entire ad before accessing content.

 

Amazon may do something like this.  They get a cut of new sales.  How much is going to be in is at 30% of half off?  If another company does it, they'll make a killing with lower prices.  Amazon's taking the power to make sure that digital titles stay at the higher retail to make a higher profit.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

Might be a writer's advantage.  We never get a cut resold books now though there's law on the books at least in California that any resold art is supposed to pay something to the artist.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

Are you talking about the California Resale Royalties act?  That's been on the books longer than I've been alive, and only applies to 5% of whatever a work is sold for OVER $1,000, the artist must be a US citizen and reside in California, and the sale must take place in California, and, the kicker, the selling price must be more than the artist originally sold it for.  This is to make sure artists get a cut of appreciation.

 

Only California has had a resale law on the books, and last May (may have been March) a judge struck it down as a violation of the commerce clause.  The constitutionality of any laws requiring a legal owner to give an original artist a cut of a straight sale has been challenged partly because this would indicate owners have entered into a contract they weren't aware of, partly because it means that an owner of a work can't be the true owner as long as someone else has a financial interest in it even if the owner doesn't realize it, and a few other reasons.

 

As this point, authors whose books are reselling for a couple bucks, or even a quarter as so many do, should have no expectation of getting a cut of it.  You get a cut of the first sale.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:49 PM

Proof I'm not a lawyer Alys, and I'm not surprised it was shot down.






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