Thatís one of the things feeding my nervousness of going digital - with all things - films, books, comics. Iíve been doing more digitally since I bought an iPad, and my nervousness has increased markedly about my Ďcollectioní
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I logged on to comiXology recently and it showed zero books in my account. WTF?! Clearly a glitch, but for a moment, I thought, 'If they are all gone, why? Will I have to pay all over again?' Made me nervous. It aged me. ;-)
I presume there are back-up plans for any digital service to give you your books/films back if things go down. Obviously, comiXology is different as you do keep what you own.
But the impermanence of streaming has led me back to DVDs/Blu-rays in recent years. Are the INSIDIOUS films still available via Netflix, Prime, etc? I don't know. I wouldn't have minded refreshing my memory in time for the fourth film (or is it fifth, I can't keep up?). But there are no guarantees they are still available digitally; at least if I had the DVDs on my shelf, that wouldn't be a problem.
I pay a membership fee to Netflix. That gives me a lot of choice, for which I am grateful. But I don't consider it part of my collection. The analogy doesn't work, but let's imagine there was an automobile version of Netflix: you pay a monthly fee, head to the company's car park and then borrow any car you desire. At any time whilst you pay the membership fee, you can go to this place and rent anything from a Range Rover to a 1983 Chevrolet Camaro (one can dream!). Although I'd enjoy driving those vehicles, they would not be mine, not really. I'd be paying the automobile equivalent of Netflix simply to use those cars, but they wouldn't be mine except in the sense they were "mine" whilst driving.
But if I went out and bought ten cars (Ford Bronco, Chevrolet Camaro, Range Rover, Porsche 928, 1957 Chevy), then they'd be mine and would make up part of my car collection. And if anyone wants to buy me any of those cars for my birthday, feel free!