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A keen-eyed author noticed the addition of used prices to ebooks. It's not on the product pages and is probably a glitch or something unrelated, but if you've been looking for something to panic over and just haven't found the right thing yet, give this a try! :p

 

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I saw that last time someone mentioned used ebooks. As long as it links to the right page, all is fine.
 

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katherinef said:
I saw that last time someone mentioned used ebooks. As long as it links to the right page, all is fine.
I really don't think used ebooks are imminent, but I'm not sure what you mean by the above.
 

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This issue actually came up three years ago. When it was announced Amazon bought the patent for selling used e-books

http://the-digital-reader.com/2013/02/21/used-ebooks-101/

I think the speculation at that time was, it was something that would only be for really expensive text books and manuals. Not for fiction. But there was a bit of a panic when it was announced.

Are these two things related. Who knows?

Can Amazon do whatever they heck they want to now that there's no real competition?

They sure as heck can.

But in the end... I think this is a glitch. I don't see how they could turn a profit with used e-books. It would devalue their entire e-book catalog.
 

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Monique said:
I really don't think used ebooks are imminent, but I'm not sure what you mean by the above.
What I meant is that when you click on that link, it doesn't take you to some page with used&new listings like it does with paperbacks. It just redirects to your Kindle edition page, which is good.
 

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Yes, the link back might be the idea that Amazon is trying to (and I quote):

Amazon may have secured the patent simply to bury it, to eliminate any possible threat of a secondhand ebook market to its standard business.

Maybe this is why it 'exists' but really, it just goes back to the main product page??
 

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Or! it's phase one of the rollout. :)

I really don't think they legally can sell used ebooks, but Amazon is a dangerous beastie. Who knows what they're up to.
 

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I find interesting because readers don't own ebooks but licensed them.  So,  who holds the "master license"? Authors/Publishers? And who dictates how much that license can be resold for? Amazon?

I have so many questions but will wait to see how this plays out.
 

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That has been there forever. It's just about paperbacks etc. I really wouldn't worry about. Amazon isn't stupid and the class action lawsuit that would drop on them so fast from trying to sell a licensed product like an ebook as a used thing would be epic.
 
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