So far as I can tell (and I'm not a lawyer so take that to mean "I don't know much), at least under US law, when I buy a Kindle book, I should be allowed to dispose of it as I would like. This isn't the case, and I'm hoping smarter minds than mine can tell me why (other than the economics - I have an economics degree and can explain that to myself well enough).
It's nice that publishers are allowing lending of books now (but only once is ludicrous - even people who are hardest on their books can make a book last long enough to be lent more times than that), but I want to be able to just give a book away. Most of the books I buy on the Kindle are "disposable" - I'll read it a few times, and for the most part, I probably won't give it a second thought. In the past, I'll give these books away to friends (since it makes them feel less obligated to read it when I give it outright instead of lending it and saying that they should totally read such-and-such book). Now, while I'm saving a few trees by not buying these "disposable" books, I no longer get the joy of giving my old books away.
I'm not asking for the ability to sell my "old" Kindle books, so there's no money exchanging hands when the publishers aren't involved. One could argue opportunity cost, but I've never given a book away to someone who would have bought that book in the first place, though I could be the unusual one - who knows?!
Someone - anyone! - please explain why the Kindle books (or maybe all ebooks - don't know; I only know Kindle books) can seemingly violate the first sale doctrine without impunity. I know I signed the contract, so to speak, but I thought even contracts couldn't violate standing laws.
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