Digital Ownership

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In an article for Quartz, Christopher Groskopf dispels a myth many of us believe—in fact, we don’t own our ebooks. Or our software. Or digital movies, music, and games.

Instead, we purchase licenses that allow us access to a particular product. Often these licenses are governed by terms of service agreements that give considerable power to the companies selling the licenses, and very little to the consumer. So the next time someone asks why you still buy books in print, you can say, simply, “Because I own them.”


Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →