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Could Supreme Court Ruling Help Create Used eBook Marketplace?

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The Supreme Court ruled that “first sale doctrine” protects book buyers reselling books that they purchased overseas.

Would it also apply to websites like ReDigi that resell MP3 files? Capitol Records sued ReDigi to stop the resale of used MP3s, but the Supreme Court ruling could affect the case–possibly opening the door for digital book sales as well. NPR had more from UC Berkeley professor Jason Schultz:

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling only covers physical copies of copyrighted works, and its implications for digital resale are unclear. But Schultz says the ruling could sway the judge in the ReDigi case. “The decision says first sale is really important and has always been part of law. I think it will push him to find a way for ReDigi to work, to find a way forward for them that copyright allows,” Schultz said.

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What’s This Stuff? PBS Backs Nova’s Making Stuff with David Pogue with Contest

What’s This Stuff? Well, it’s a contest tied to Making Stuff with David Pogue, a four-part series on PBS’ Nova that will air starting Wednesday night.

Contestants must identify 10 mystery materials by Jan. 26, and the grand prize is a Macbook Air, an iTunes card, and a chat with David Pogue, with 10 runners-up receiving iPod Touches.

What’s This Stuff? is also detailed on the Nova Facebook page.

David Pogue Posts Strange iPad & Kindle Comparison Video

In the odd video embedded above, NY Times tech columnist David Pogue compared the iPad and Kindle 3–deciding that it is impossible to compare them.

Earlier this week Pogue ruled that “the new Kindle offers the best E Ink screen, the fastest page turns, the smallest, lightest, thinnest body and the lowest price tag of any e-reader. It’s also the most refined and comfortable,” Pogue posted that odd video.”

What do you think? Is this an iPad commercial or an effective critique of the future of eReading?