Pirate eye by Cayusa
I’m not a pirate I just consume a lot. If companies make getting media fun and easy, I’ll gladly pay for it. If they make it annoying or impossible (conventional music industry, hulu, US only film streaming) I’ll pirate it. It’s not the product that people pay for, it’s the distribution. Copyright is historically not about the creation of media per se, it’s about copying it (publishers). Anyways, this is a comment I left in response to a Rhythmic Diaspora.
A friend gave me some Kindle books which I ignored for months. Then I had to take a flight and I downloaded them, which was worthwhile.
You can drag and drop any PDF onto a Kindle (I copied the directions to the hotel there for example). The thing is that the formatting sucks, the text doesn’t fit and flow and it’s hard to read. I have to change the display to landscape to see the text properly.
So, it’s not really a replacement for buying books. I don’t think it’s a big deal to read a few PDFs on the Kindle. You still get higher value and a better user experience from buying the books, where I think it’s right for a content provider to compete. Too often they try to slap your hand when offering a mint would do.
I think the Kindle business is good enough that they’re OK with people reading a few PDFs. The pay product is more than just the text, and it’s something that I personally don’t mind paying for. On a long flight, however, I was glad to have a bit more options than I can rightly afford.