Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: state of NY publishing

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 17 Nov 2009

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    C'mon Patrick.

    The point was that with a Kindle you don't BUY what you're reading. You don't control your access to it.

    At least with a book it can't be deleted halfway through your reading it.

    THAT was the point, your irrelevant, sophist example of your run-in with a counterfeiter notwithstanding.

    Thanks for playing.


    On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 4:03 PM, Patrick King <> wrote:

    > mrt wrote:
    > "But even if you assumed that industrial civilization would continue along
    > present lines (an impossibility, as we know from physics), do you think
    > poor people, who are the overwhelming majority of the world, will be buying
    > Kindles and paying to download books from Amazon?"
    > Small but important point: with the Kindle, you're not purchasing content.
    > You're purchasing a license to read it. A friend of mine downloaded a
    > book,and for some reason (copyright infringement or something along those
    > lines)it was "recalled" and her account credited, apologies made, and it
    > just flat vanished from her Kindle. As if she'd never bought it.
    > Now I ask you, how "1984" is that?
    > ******************************
    > I was paid $700 in cash for a job I did and I deposited it in the bank. Two
    > of the bills, my bank determined, were counterfeit and were confiscated. Not
    > only did I not get my $200 back but I was taken down to the police station
    > where I had to give a statement and explain where I got the money. To date I
    > have not been able to recover the money from my client who apparently is in
    > pretty hot water, himself.
    > Now I ask you, how "1984" is that?
    > Patrick King

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