Why I don’t buy many Kindle books

Monday, October 31, 2011

I was just looking through my Amazon wishlist, and I see that most of the books on there are now available in Kindle versions as well as paper. But while I looked through it with every intention of buying one or more of them, in the end, I didn’t.

Why?

1. Several of them are more expensive on Kindle than paper. I can have a paper book printed, shipped to a warehouse and shipped to me for less than the cost of buying a few bits that take a fraction of a second to reach me over the Internet. That is insane, for obvious reasons.

2. DRM. Every one of those books has DRM which restricts them to my Kindle. So unlike a paper book, I can’t sell them, I can’t lend them to people who don’t have a Kindle, and I can’t read them on any computer which doesn’t have Kindle for PC installed (and, let’s face it, the Kindle software really sucks).

So the books are expensive and crippled. Cheap and crippled I could live with, but expensive too? No thanks. Hence I’ll be sticking to buying indie books for the forseeable future since they’re generally reasonably priced and DRM-free; I’ll borrow the others from the library.

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