Many of us have complained about e-books being expensive in the past. You can’t resell your e-books either, so once you buy you are stuck with what you have. A recent Supreme Court ruling could lead to used e-book marketplaces coming to life. After all, if you can sell used mp3 files, you can sell other types of files too.
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling only covers physical copies of copyrighted works, and its implications for digital resale are unclear. But Schultz says the ruling could sway the judge in the ReDigi case. “The decision says first sale is really important and has always been part of law. I think it will push him to find a way for ReDigi to work, to find a way forward for them that copyright allows,” Schultz said,
reported NPR. This fight is not close to being over though. Publishers and retailers are not going to be happy if people sell their e-books for less while the experience remains the same. Let’s just say we won’t see a used e-book store in the next few months.