Freedom

While doing Kindle research I came across this post where a guy explains a way to remove the DRM from Kindle books. The interesting thing to take from this is that this guy wants to buy the content but he can’t use it in a way that he’d like. This is analogous to buying a hard book and being able to read it where ever he wants. He had to go through all these hoops to do it and I find that sad.

See, I’m getting more and more interested in doing things as a pirate. I have enough money that I can buy content, and I also feel that authors of content deserve to get paid. I’m even a fan of paying distributors as well. What I want, however, is freedom. Freedom to use my content as I see fit. I want to ‘own’ what I pay for. It’s a pretty simple concept and I’m so dissapointed at huge companies like Apple and Amazon who refuse to stop being greedy and don’t see that eventually the customer will win this battle.

I mention Apple since I’m thinking of jailbreaking my phone. I’m willing to go through the hassle of this just so I can have some more control over my user experience. It’s not for free content. It’s just that I want to modify my preferences.

It’s sad that we are forced as customers to hack the things we buy to get them the way we want. It’s sad because that’s the promise of software : to be able to change to be different things for different people.

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