Author Richard Browne has come out swinging in favor of the rumored remote incineration features in the next years model PlayStation Orbis and Xbox Durango.
'The real cost of used books is the damage that is being wrought on the creativity and variety of books available to the consumer,' Browne writes. Browne's comments echo those of influential author and Raspberry Pi designer David Braben, who wrote last month that '...pre-owned has really killed classic books. It's killing paperback books in particular, because they will get pre-owned, and it means your day one sales are it, making them super high risk.' Both Browne and Braben conflate hating libraries (a thoroughly reasonable life choice) with the supposed evils of the used book market. Braben goes so far as to claim that used books are actually responsible for high book prices and that 'prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells.' Amazingly, no publishing house have stepped forward to publicly pledge themselves to lower book prices in exchange for a cut of used book sales. Publishing houses are hammering public libraries (and recruiting authors to do the same) because it's easier than admitting that the current system is fundamentally broken."
I just can't help imagining these guys, standing in front of a huge pile of burning books, ripping pages from a Gutenberg bible and throwing them into the flames.