E-book publishers have been implementing increasingly stupid and twisted schemes on the pretext of anti-piracy measures. For instance, it has now transpired that Barnes & Noble wouldn’t let you download a previously purchased book if the credit card you used to purchase it expires.
Naturally, this is tantamount to stealing money from the customers. The company swindles money from someone who buys an ebook from it but eventually refuses to let him access his legitimate purchase. That is, of course, if the customer is good enough not to rip off the DRM.
In other words, if you play nice with the e-book publisher, they will make sure you end up losing your money with nothing in return.
So much was reported by a user who stated that, “I tried to download an ebook I paid for, and previously put on my Nook, a few months ago. When I tried, I got an error message stating I could not download the book because the credit card on file had expired. But, I already paid for it. Who cares if the credit card is expired? It has long since been paid for, so the status of the card on file has nothing to do with my ability to download said book. I didn’t see anything in the terms of service about this either, but it’s possible I missed it.”
The interesting part is that if you stop caring about the rights of the publisher and go on to rip off the DRM from the ebook, you can not only use it for an infinite period of time, you can also read it across multiple devices. And clearly, the e-book publishers are not encouraging users to take the legit way by implementing their draconian policies.