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What if you live in, say, Iran? You've bought this collection of eBooks for your iPad (or whatever), and then the government says you're not allowed to access the Internet anymore. What happens now? Your library has been stolen from you and there's nothing you can do about it. Similar situation if Apple went bust. Where has your iBooks library gone now? Basically eBooks are a walled garden which is so much out of your control that it's not fair. The same argument applies to games bought on Steam or other digital distribution methods. I understand that in some cases (not Apple) you can back up your digital collection so that you can access it in future without the Internet or the parent company's permission, but even then you still lose a lot of the advantages you listed above (book updates, available whenever you want, etc.). If I've got a physicaly collection of books, or films, or computer games, no one other than me has any say in what happens to them. I know you've mentioned this in your article but I think it needs stressing more, as there are many cases in which you can lose out using bits as opposed to atoms.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
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