Why The Absurd Disclaimer On Copyright Page Of Ebook?

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Today I began reading a new ebook on my iPad Kindle app. Like starting any new book, I had to flip through the usual pages to get to the story, you know: Copyright page, dedication page, a title page (just in case I forget what book I’m about to read), a picture of the cover, etc.

Yet the copyright page on this ebook still gave the standard disclaimer you find in paperback books:

NOTE: If you purchased this book without a cover you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as “unsold and destroyed” to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this “stripped book.”

Why do we need to worry about stripped covers in ebooks?

Publishers should rethink the way they layout ebooks (not the format, like Epub, that’s a different issue). We don’t need all those pages in ebooks. Don’t make us waste time flipping through all these ‘extras’. It’s annoying (for lack of a better term).

There only needs to be one page before the book begins: The copyright page, which can include the dedications and such. Maybe a picture of the book’s cover can be thrown in there, but it’s certainly not necessary.

I think publishers are still clinging to the idea that ebooks can and should be treated like their print counterparts, to the point where they don’t even bother taking a disclaimer meant for paperbacks off the ebook version.

This is just one more small example of the publishing industry’s resistance to the digital revolution.

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