The Internet giant has been granted a patent that covers a secondary market where used digital content, such as e-books and audio, is sold. The content is stored in a user's personalized data store.
The ability to re-sell digital content is a hot topic at the moment, and one likely to be met with nothing but resistance from content providers. Amazon's business model however, does have a large focus on the sale of used goods like books and games, and therefore it is not much of a surprise that it would be interested in innovating for digital items.
ReDigi.com is an attempt to provide a market place for pew-owned digital music, but it is currently involved in a lawsuit brought by Capital Records. It wants to expand into e-books and has responded positively to the news of the Amazon patent.
"The Amazon patent is further proof that the secondary market is the future of the digital space and that there is no turning back," ReDigi is quoted to commented by PublishersWeekly.
Written by: James Delahunty @ 10 Feb 2013 10:23