Posted on April 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Obviously, as an ebook-based company, we love the benefits of digital reading, and all of us use it in our personal lives, too.

But we also understand why some print fans have concerns about it — and will share a story that supports one fear in particular.

Those revisions to existing books that drop language now deemed offensive?

Unless you accessed that book through a retailer that allows you to opt out of automatic updates, then your copy will automatically change to the new version, no matter how you feel about the decision to make those textual changes.

The New York Times spoke with readers, legal experts, and retailers about the reality that ebooks (and other digital media) are actually licensed out.

Which, yes, means you don't truly "own" your copy.

Amazon users can turn off these automatic updates, but Google Play, on the other hand, doesn't offer that function.

Head to the NY Times to read more about the realities of ebook licensing and see which retailers commented ... and which declined to do so.

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