A Case Of The Disappearing Books

August 3, 2019

If you’ve ever read a book on a digital device such as a Kindle or iPad, you know that you can also purchase e-books. But ever stop to think if your e-book purchase is for life? Unfortunately, it’s not. When you purchase an e-book, you’re not actually purchasing the book, but the license that allows you to access the book whenever you please. It’s similar to when you purchase a membership to a museum. You don’t own the objects in the museum, but you can go to the museum and see the different objects whenever you want.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would be shutting down its e-book service. Even though the service was available for almost two years, it couldn’t compete with similar services provided by companies like Amazon or Apple. So what happens to those e-books that were purchased from Microsoft? Microsoft is giving refunds to its customers, and if you added notes or made any annotations on the e-book, you will get an extra $25. Fair? Not so fast. Critics think that Microsoft isn’t doing enough for their e-book customers. After all, these customers will now have to re-purchase e-books from another service, and if they had important notes in the books, they’ll lose them. Is $25 really enough to cover important notes that are lost forever?