Stupid Journalism

On the BBC Website

It can be argued that ebooks are more robust than paper ones: an ebook reader can be stolen or dropped in the bath, but the books on it are stored safely in the cloud, waiting to be downloaded onto a new device.

The Cloud is just a third party commercial server. It’s the least safe option. A backup to PC/Laptop thence to a USB Hard Drive stored at a relative’s or friend’s site is FAR safer.

The eBook can be backed up more easily, if there is no DRM. They are less robust than printed books.

Also the issue of DRM, like Adobe where the content can be unavailable if the 3rd party server is closed. DRM ultimately contravenes the Berne Convention on copyright as it doesn’t expire. The USA DCMA is essentially anti-consumer and removing long standing rights as it makes it illegal to remove the DRM in the USA.

There is also the issue of dishonest and unfair sale contracts on eBooks and music downloads that try to make it illegal to leave the books or music to your children, that insist you only bought a temporary licence to read it.

Most gadgets that can use eReader apps can store 1000 to 100,000 books. Most dedicated eBook readers (eInk) can store several thousand books not a few hundred. Phones then tablets are the most popular reading platforms, though eInk readers are the least popular, they are an experience closest to paper.

The origin of books is no mystery, scrolls to codex, the bulk of the article was taught in schools 60 years ago or more. It’s sad that the Web design was scroll rather than page based, though some eBook eInk readers with a Web option convert a site to pages (Kindle does, Kobo doesn’t).

The Amazon Fire and other Tablets are NOT eBook readers, but tablets with a reader app. The LCD or LED screen is seriously inferior to eInk for reading text and few have a battery life long enough for one book. Real eInk readers have 100 to 1000 times battery life.