I miss the printed book

Posted by Mark Sarpa on

I just finished reading a great book on my iPad. Would you like to borrow it? Tough–you can’t. I admit that my business has much to do with putting ink on paper, but that’s not why I miss the printed book. The only way to share my great book with you is to lend you my iPad. I know, I know, we don’t want to infringe on the author’s copyright, but…

Let’s go back in time. Not too far back–say 10 years, when almost all books were published with paper and ink.

“Hi Mary, I just read an outstanding book. You would probably enjoy it as well. Would you like to borrow it?” “Well Scott, I would love to read it, but what about copyright infringement?” Say what?

Of all the books I’ve ever given or lent to a friend, I can’t think of one time the recipient or I considered copyright laws. Perhaps we should have. In 2012 lending a friend or peer a good story is just not possible when purchased as an iBook.


Is the e-book helping or hindering the viral spread of a great read?


Uncertain about my next book purchase,

Scott Feldman

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