There’s some brouhaha about Amazon obtaining a patent to have a “used ebook” marketplace. A lot of people in the writing world are up in arms about it—understandably so, because what would possibly motivate someone to buy a “new” ebook over a “used” one, when they’re identical except for the price point?
For the record, I think this is not only a terrible idea, but a bizarre and nonsensical one, and I also don’t think Amazon intends to go through with it—I think they are snapping up the patent so no one else will try for it.
I have to admit to cackling about this whole kerfuffle in an evil, maniacal, I-am-a-horrible-person sort of way. Continue reading