Google to Broker Online Book Sales

From a ZDNet article:

The new offering would allow people to sign in and purchase immediate, browser-based access to books, Google said on its site. Purchasers would not, however, be allowed to save a copy of the book to their computer or to otherwise copy pages from the book.

Hmmmm. Web-based access only? An interesting idea. For reading fiction, I think I still prefer the physicality of holding a book. Reference material might be different though. That’s something which I might want to access from anywhere. Anywhere with web access, that is. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out. I imagine there are plenty of people who like this purchasing model.

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  1. “Purchasers would not, however, be allowed to save a copy of the book to their computer or to otherwise copy pages from the book.”

    If I’m buying access to do research, using non-fiction books, I want to copy relevant materials. You can do that with a deadtree book and a copy machine. Such technology has been available for a couple of decades now and hasn’t spawned a vast pirate culture of photocopier using bookleggers. So why not extend the same courtesy to an online book?

    Too bad Google appears to be either clueless as to how people use books or has caved in to the big bad publishing luddites.

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