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Scott Turow describes “The Slow Death of the American Author”
April 8, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Libraries. The Internet. Pirate sites. According to author Scott Turow's recent op-ed piece for the New York Times, these things are all to blame for the "Slow Death of the American Author." Best-selling novelist and Author's Guild president Scott Turow discusses how all of these entities are creating an environment where authors will make less money, and entities such as Amazon will get to pocket it all. “But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player—publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars—is vying for position at authors’...

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don’t
March 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm

pirateOne of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won't need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating media and started paying for it legitimately. Kiosowski begins by explaining why he pirated to begin with, namely that at the time, 'legit' digital media was confusing, expensive and failed to provide a good experience. He then lists three things that changed his mind:  He stopped feeling the need to own...

Pirate a book and pay with a tweet – clever
December 9, 2011 | 8:57 am

Screen Shot 2011 12 09 at 8 53 58 AMFrom the Fortykey website comes this screenshot of a clever marketing idea: Actually, the book looks pretty interesting: ABOUT "CARDANICA" "A delicious steampunk nightmare dripping blood and oil from every crevice."Graham Edwards, Fantasy writer "Not since Harlan Ellison's 'I Have no mouth and I must scream' has there been a better depiction of man at the mercy of his own vindictive and sadistic creations."Paul Di Filippo, Science Fiction writer "Now that I've read...

Site brazenly trades pirated etextbooks
August 24, 2011 | 9:57 am

Images From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Textbook pirates have struck again. Nearly three years after publishers shut down a large Web site devoted to illegally trading e-textbooks, a copycat site has sprung up—with its leaders arguing that it is operating overseas in a way that will be more difficult to stop. The new site, LibraryPirate, quietly started operating last year, but it began a public-relations blitz last week, sending letters to the editor to several news sites, including The Chronicle, in which it called on students to make digital scans of their printed textbooks and post them to...

Pirating $.99 ebooks – is it worth the effort? by Piotr Kowalczyk
June 22, 2011 | 10:28 am

No Good Deed - by M.P. McDonaldTwo e-books, priced $9.99 and $0.99, start two completely different purchase processes. The price level is affecting how eager we are to get a pirated copy. In case of e-books it’s combined with, in my opinion, the biggest solution to piracy – convenience. Digital goods (especially the ones under a magical level of 1 dollar) – music, e-books, applications – join a group of impulse purchase products. It’s not only because of a price. It’s because of possibility of immediate consumption. You can use a smartphone to download an e-book or a song. It usually...

Some authors pirating their own books to promote themselves
May 12, 2011 | 10:10 am

Images  1 That's the claim from an investigation done by Goodereader.  Here's a snippet from the article: We have spoken with a few authors who did not want to be named because of book publishing deals with companies and would only speak with us under the cover of anonymity. We have found through our research that certain authors have been deliberately been leaking their own books to popular Bittorrent sites such as the Pirate Bay and Demonoid. From the authors we spoke with there were two main reasons why they initially did this. The first factor was to publicly denounce the torrent site for...

Chinese government starting to crack down on digital piracy
January 12, 2011 | 10:40 am

images.jpgPreviously the Chinese government has started to crack down on physical piracy (although they have a long way to go) and now it seems as if they are making some efforts in the digital realm as well. TorrentFreak reports: Just before the holidays there was an investigation by the authorities into 500 music download sites. The Ministry of Culture said that 237 of those sites (list) were suspected of illegal activities, citing a lack of licensing, failure to register and/or distribution of copyright infringing material. On Monday the authorities issued a list of music – much of it from Universal, RCA,...

View from down under: What I’m thankful for – that pirated copy of my book
November 27, 2010 | 3:38 pm

download.jpegA day or so after those in the US finished celebrating Thanksgiving, I had reason to thank my lucky stars for pirates. In particular, the ebook pirate who ripped off my book and posted it on a well-known non-legitimate download site. I’d name the site, but I don’t think that’s the done thing. People can use Google any way they like. I’m a journalist who became an author in 2006 when my book Baby Steps: a Bloke’s-Eye View of IVF was published by a major Australia publisher. It went out in paperback and, as an afterthought – as it was back then...

Piracy: an objective view
November 23, 2010 | 8:40 am

images.jpegA recent comment thread in an article here had some interesting remarks from people on all sides of the issue. This is always a fascinating topic for me because I did spend a few years as a professional writer, and ultimately decided that I just did not have the personality type to hack it as a freelancer. Unstable income and irregular work did not agree with me, so I made the choice to make a day job change and keep writing as just a hobby. But do I blame the 'pirates' for this? Or are there other forces to think...

Piracy from an author’s point of view
November 22, 2010 | 2:13 pm

images.jpegHere's another article on piracy written by an author. Brenna Lyons is the author of over 80 published works and a past president of the Electonically Published Internet Connection (EPIC). Here's a snippet: Your average author has not already built the size of audience a blockbuster or bestseller already has. For an author trying to build an audience, the strain of mass piracy is crushing. When a new author sells 60 copies of her first book and finds more than 2000 pirated copies in the same period, it is keenly felt, when compared to an author that sells two...

The “real” victms of online piracy
November 19, 2010 | 10:15 am

images.jpegHere's a snippet from an article in The Hill by Colleen Doran. Ms. Doran is a cartoonist and illustrator with more than 500 credits for companies as diverse as Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Harper Collins, and Image Comics. Her work includes illustrations for Captain America, Sandman, Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-man and many others. For more than 20 years, I’ve written and drawn comics for a variety of major publishers: Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image and Disney. Like many artists, I’ve seen my sales figures chipped away as the print market shrinks due, in no... apologizes for selling pirated ebooks
November 17, 2010 | 9:58 am

Screen shot 2010-11-17 at 8.58.15 AM.pngDan Bloom has an article in TechEye about:, a website that sells digital content inside Communist China, recently did something you don't see too often in China: It apologised for selling 50,000 pirated e-books, with a statement saying all 50,231 pirated units had been removed from the online offerings. In a web dispatch from Shanghai, publishing executive Wuping Zhao - who graduated from the prestigious Columbia University Publishing Course in New York a year ago - noted that versions of most bestsellers in China are available online as pirated e-book editions, even via mainstream portals like and More info in...

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