Auto-destructing e-books

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Auto-destructing e-books

Postby Brightonian » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:02 pm

Just been alerted via UKL's blog to HarperCollins' new policy that ebooks they sell to public libraries will "expire" after they have been loaned 26 times, and the library will just have to buy another copy. (Ms Le Guin, as you may imagine, is agin it.) But why stop there? Why not implant an incendiary device in physical books that will ignite once the last page has been exposed to daylight 26 times? The technology must be there.

http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Blog2011.html#SaveFree
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Re: Auto-destructing e-books

Postby Third Foundationer » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:50 pm

Poor Guy Montag. Going to be out of a job soon if this keeps up.

Seriously, though, is this a real policy? It sounds like something one might find on The Onion. I wouldn't be surprised if this was satirical and got picked up as genuine.

Because if it is serious, and HarperCollins is planning on using this policy, then I'm speechless. I am without speech.

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