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SP Jain college moves to Amazon Kindle, but who owns the textbooks?

Mumbai's SP Jain Institute of Management and Research has partnered with Amazon India to move MBA textbooks to Kindle e-readers, with each participant given a Kindle with e-copies of books and other reading material. According to a note from Amazon, over 50% of the textbooks for the new batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Management, are available on the Kindle, apart from case studies from Harvard Business Publishing and other reading material. Amazon has partnered with Pearson India and Harvard Business School Publishing for this. Amazon's pitch here is that the Kindle and the textbooks will remain with the students after they graduate, but the fact of the matter is that content on Kindle isn't going to be owned by the students: it will only be licensed to them. You don't "buy" books from the Kindle Store, you borrow them. If you look at the Kindle's terms and conditions, here's what they say: 1. Kindle Content Use of Kindle Content. Upon your download of Kindle Content and payment of any applicable fees (including applicable taxes), the Content Provider grants you a non-exclusive right to view, use, and display such Kindle Content an unlimited number of times, solely through a Reading Application or as otherwise permitted as part of the Service, solely on the number of Supported Devices specified in the Kindle Store, and solely for your personal, non-commercial use. Kindle Content is licensed, not sold, to you by the Content Provider. The Content Provider may include additional terms of use…

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