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Woah, woah, woah! We're getting carried away here with our arguments! I suggest taking the battles off this page and putting them in some sort of forum, as to not scare the new kids.
As far as my desire to see more content on Google Play, that's just because I like Google. Of course, DRM-free is always nice. But that's not a deciding factor in my book. No pun intended.
Dear Scott - I don't remember when I first started reading your comics, but I have really enjoyed them - so much to buy the comic books.
I just finished reading the ebook sample to your new book, and was so excited, bought the rest of it without checking price! It is infrequent that I find books that make me so happy just to read - well written, funny, thoughtful, and DIFFERENT.
Can't wait to see how it ends. And I hope YOU are inspired to make another :)
Best, Happy Reader
Love the column (I'm a paying subscriber), love the book (purchased from bn.com). Being I am a geek and respect geeks and hackers of all kinds, of course the first thing I did was remove the DRM using a python script, which any geek worth his or her salt will do in about five minutes anyway. Not planning on stiffing Scott on royalties! Just wanted to be able to read this on my various readers (hate Nook software, prefer fbreader, moon reader, or cool reader), so prefer epub over mobi/AZW (Amazon) and I bought my copy before Scott released his DRM-free copy at smashwords.
Anyway, good stuff. And if purchasing this book in any format helps keep Scott from having to do a day job, then all the better.
Just read your free preview (and found that thanks to Jen at Epbot--thanks Jen!) and was hooked. I enjoyed it so much I went to Amazon to buy your Kindle edition, backtracked, searched for and found YOUR site, then went back to Amazon through your link and then bought your book. Hope I did that right. I look forward to reading the rest of OtBtW--thank you! And it looks as though I have also found a new web comic to read when I should be doing productive stuff at work!
And I apparently found your comic not a moment too soon...I had run myself late to work because I could not stop reading the preview...and then your comic today thoughtfully provided the steps I need to convincingly call in sick--it's like you knew how my day would go before I even started it. Amazing. And slightly eerie. (Although I have resisted the lure of the dark side, and will go to work today like a good little cubicle creature anyway!)
@Mike et al.
One word: calibre. Without that, I wouldn't buy kindle either, but it's really pretty simple.
Yes, if you buy a book from Amazon, they could potentially yank your DRM rights someday. ... But that's never happened EVER, so to guide your actions by that fear is ridiculous.
Amazon removed some copies of "Animal Farm" and "1984" (ironically enough) from customers' kindles about three years ago when it turned out that the seller didn't actually have the rights to sell them. At least one person I remember reading about was a student who had made notes on the kindle and lost all of them, too.
Last night - prompted by a television programme - I re-read a paperback that I bought in 1973. For me a book *is* for life.
I did once buy a book from Amazon and despite their blather they began misusing my personal information within a week. I will never deal with them again.
Scott, will you take a cheque?
I just checked out your entry in Wikipedia. I'm impressed that you were also a professional baseball player. Too bad you sucked at it.
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