Is it legal for ya'll to send me your purchased eBooks?

@brandon I think that depends on exactly what you purchased when you purchased the book in question.

...if you need reading material, though, it *is* legal for me to point you in the direction of Project Gutenberg.

@ccc was sort of thinking of something like "hey, send me what you're reading now, I'm curious"

@brandon Oh.

...would sending you the title work? Because I've just finished reading a book, but it's *not* an ebook (it's actually physical ink-on-paper).

Even in the case of ebooks, though, surely it's legal to send you the title and the name of the author. Even a summary of the major argument(s) and an opinion of how good it is.

@brandon @ccc I would not tell you to visit library genesis, because that would be a bad thing if you're in the US, I'll also not tell you what it is, but it's been clean and safe in my experience.

@brandon Probably not, but I'd share anyways. Reading "The Blue Nowhere" by Jeffery Deaver if you're interested. One of my favorite books of all time. I even took parts of a lot of my handles from it.

If it is legal to send physical book why would it be illegal to share eBook if only 1 person can read it at a time.

We can emulate this by not reading it at the same time.

Adobe Digital Editions is a DRM that lets libraries to give uout books according to number of licences they have for a given book. Using Adobe's DRM we can borrow an ebook which has an expiration date. This way libraries know that book will be returned at that time for sure.
Or at least we can act like it did.


I am talking about non-public domain books. If you just want something to read, Gutemberg project got you covered.

Asking for suggestions?
In case you are wondering where the idea of time machine even came from, "The Time Machine" by Herbert George Wells is your read.


@murtezayesil I'm ok with DRM for this use, probably one of the very few uses I would think it's acceptable

@brandon The less okay part is that the publishers, in addition to enforcing one-reader-at-once, also make the books 'wear out' after being lent a certain number of times so they have to be repurchased.


@Azure @murtezayesil See that's where I draw the line. If I purchase a copy of a book, you shouldn't be allowed to take it away from me.

As well, if a library pays a lending fee (which some publishers charge extra for libraries to purchase) then the publisher should also have no more control over that copy

This sounds more like offering a service rather than selling a product.

If I buy a product, I expect to own that product. I took that product away from you in exchange of money. I have no more say on the money and you also should have no more say on the product.

If I am accepting to use your service, you still have the service. I am just renting it for a predetermined time or until my need is satisfied.
@brandon @Azure

@murtezayesil You're not wrong. That's one of the big complaints people (me included) have with DRM. That it makes it turns what was previously personal property of individuals into services rented at the pleasure of corporations.


@brandon I'm reading some scifi classics by Asimov. I kind of started out of order with the 'Prelude to Foundation' series since I didn't know that the 'I Robot' series was also part of the same universe. So I'm reading I Robot now and will then continue in that series followed by the Foundation series 😅

@marvka I didn't know I Robot was in the same universe either! I'd be excited to check that out, the movie was pretty ok tho

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