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The Book Pirates

The October 4, New York Times business section offers a disturbing look at book piracy.   With e-readers becoming widespread, the electronic piracy business isn’t far behind.  For those of us who write for a living, a bleak future has been looking bleaker.  The publishing industry, which has been aware of the impending problem for some time, doesn’t have any advice to offer beyond  going every day to look for all your titles and report them when found.  So–who out there in the blogosphere has a better suggestion?

I don’t know how to add links to comments, so I’m going to add one to the post that CherylK sent in–a blog about whether piracy is a real worry or not.  Thanks, Cheryl!

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  • I read a blogpost about this…it’s at Will The Piracy Threat Resolve Itself? I didn’t read all the comments that were left but I kind of liked his take on the whole thing. What do you think?

  • Shoot…the link for Nathan Bransford’s blogpost didn’t show up…it’s http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/09/will-piracy-threat-resolve-itself.html. I hope this works 🙂

  • (First, I think links happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything. Or readers can always copy and paste.)

    Piracy is hard to solve. But I’d say unlike the popular music business there are two things in favour of real books. Pop is more used/bought by the young and they are the ones who are best at downloading and doing new things in general. Also, you use music differently from books.

    Many book buyers are older and more conventional, and we do like a proper book to hold and to own and to keep. That’s in favour of ‘normal’ books. Also we are less good at all this illegal stuff.

    And considering the many faces of music; LPs, cassettes, CDs, MP3, etc, an ordinary book has a lot going for it.

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