Amazon Might Start Selling Used E-Books

Jeff Bezos

Photo: AP

Amazon was awarded a patent for a system to sell previously owned digital objects like e-books and audio downloads, reports Publisher’s Weekly.Amazon already has a long-standing secondhand market for physical books, so despite the weird concept of “owning” someone’s used ones and zeroes, this is actually quite possible with Amazon’s DRM.

Users could potentially “sell back” their content at a small loss while DRM ensures they can’t access it again. Other customers could then buy the previously-owned object with the digital rights being easily transferred to them.

One big question we have – since e-books don’t wear out or age, would Amazon sell a used e-book for the same price?

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.

Tagged In

amazon tools-us