Amazon Secures Patent to Sell Used eBooks


Amazon Secures Patent to Sell Used eBooks

Amazon has a patent to sell used eBooks. 

This may sound like a newsflash straight from The Department of “What the Hell?” — Yep, that’s right: used eBooks, which would be exactly the same as NEW eBooks, since — ya know — eBook files don’t age.

I’ll buy that eBook brand new, but used, and cheaper.

Apparently, Amazon’s patent clears the way for an online marketplace where folks can sell used files to Amazon shoppers. While Amazon’s business has grown off the backs of resellers of used books and other merchandise, this patent indicates that the retailer has now set its sights on digital resale, including used e-books and audio downloads. According to the patent’s abstract, Amazon is planning on creating a secondary market for used digital objects purchased from an original seller by a user. This would enable the transfer of used digital files that are stored in a user’s personalized data store. Amazon would take a small cut for the file transfer service.

Click HERE for more information about this amusing and absurd development in the digital revolution.

What do you think about used eBooks?

Is a used eBookstore an inevitability? If it does launch, will it be a blessing? A horror? And how will it change the way authors earn money?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


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