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It sounds as if you are expecting them to relate to your lifetime.
That's a complete misunderstanding. They are relating to the product they sold you.
When that product dies - which seems to be what has happened in this case - then you have no longer access.
O'Reilly couldn't possibly track the lives of each and every customer. Their products is all they care about.
For being slightly more serious:
This is a major reason why I am not using streaming services, neither for music, movies nor books. If it is not worth my time listening / watching / reading a second time (or more), then it wasn't even worth the first time. I always want the option to return to the same work. To me, "spoiler" is a silly concept: When I know that the butler is the murderer, I find great pleasure in re-reading from page one to see how cleverly the author step by step provides small clues, without revealing any more than absolutely needed. Even if I know the final chords of a tune, I enjoy the singer's voice on the second hearing. And so on.
During the first years of streaming, disk space was expensive. After some time, movies were taken out of the catalogs (I guess some of it had to do with publishing rights as well). Every time I came across lists of movies unavailable after a certain date, I could check 2-6 of them: But they are still available in my bookshelf, and will remain available for as long as I want, at no additional cost!
Today, disk is cheap, but rights questions remain. The Norwegian National broadcaster ("NRK") makes a major part of their productions over the last 60 years freely available, tagged "Available until: Always". Last newyear, contracts with the artists' organizations (actors, musicians, and all the others) was about to expire. To renew the contracts, the artists were demanding a doubling of the compensation for the next period. They came to an (undisclosed) agreement a couple days before the old contract exprired. If no agreement had been made, that would have been the end of "Always".
So, not only do I buy physical media music, movies and books - I've got around 4000 books in my shelves, 1500 CDs and 3-400 DVD/BDs: I also record a lot of radio music, often live, unavailable on CD. I save great shows and movies from the NRK archives / free streaming services. (Norwegian law explicitly grants me the right to do so, for privat, non-commercial purposes.) I will continue to do so, and continue to buy music, movies and books on physical media.
Two other reasons for going to my bookshelf rather than to the Internet: First - which books I read, and read again, which chapters I read is nobody's business! I know that it is impossible to completely avoid monitoring, but I strive towards reducing my electronic traces as much as possible. This is related to the second point: A survey of books been banned in the USA, the land of freedom, counted 1500+ titles. Often, it was not a nationwide ban, but the book only banned from public institutions like schools and public libraries. Yet I learned that several of the books in my shelves would have earned me a prison sentence if I moved to the USA and brought the books with me.
Over the years, quite a few artists have left the USA: While not thrown in jail, they have been actively "silenced" by commercial interests, religious groups, political movements, and sometimes the public autorities. I am quite sure that if streaming had been available in the 1940s, you wouldn't find many Charlie Chaplin movies in the catalogs. During the Viet Nam war, the Simon and Garfunkel "Silent Nigth / 7 O'Clock News" was banned from all major radio networks. Today, the White House takes steps to stop the publishing of unwanted books.
There are lots of examples from other countries as well (certainly including Norway!), but less widely known. In my shelves you can find books and movies banned in Norway. In some cases, the ban was lifted since I bought them. In other cases, I bought them while legal, but later "withdrawn" (I can keep my copy, but it cannot be sold).
Owning my own copy contributes not only to evade monitoring, but evade censorship as well.
That was actually my point (hidden in all the grousing ): O'Reilly used to be one of the best book publishers, because books were their product. Now their business seems centered around conferences and the subscription model.
I understand the book market probably isn't what it used to be, and companies have to adjust to survive. I just really don't like the subscription model at all for books, music, or video.
As an aside, I am with you on owning physical copies. I have nearly all my music on physical CDs. All the video I care about is on DVD or BR. My book collection is also pretty big. I mainly buy e-somethings for the convenience of being able to travel with a collection in my tablet or phone. I try really hard not to get e-anything that I can't download and keep a copy of.
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Yes. And I can recall a long night when a few of us imbibed heavily of the ethanol and cannabis evil spirits, and by morning had contrived a perfectly viable religion rooted in the worship (and frequent treats as offerings) of a German Shepherd named 'King'. King was a talented dog, with an artistic bent. When we took him to the mountains for a bit of R&R, he would circle our campsite, evaluating the arrangement of inanimate objects. Then he would pick up a rock, look over the site, walk to a better location for the rock and deposit it there. This would continue for hours, as King skillfully rearranged the landscape to His liking.
In retrospect, I'm thinking that the pooch we knew as King was really a projection of a multidimensional demigod into three-space, much like Frankie and Benjy Mouse in the holy scripture of Deep Thought. In His full manifestation, King was probably arranging planetary systems in distant universes, in accordance with the principles of intergalactic Feng Shui.
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