Scott Turow describes "The Slow Death of the American Author"

By libertyc
April 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don't

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One 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 [...]

Pirate a book and pay with a tweet – clever

By libertyc
December 9, 2011 // 1 Comment

From 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 [...]

Site brazenly trades pirated etextbooks

By libertyc
August 24, 2011 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Pirating $.99 ebooks – is it worth the effort? by Piotr Kowalczyk

By libertyc
June 22, 2011 // 8 Comments

Two 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 [...]

Some authors pirating their own books to promote themselves

By libertyc
May 12, 2011 // 11 Comments

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 [...]

Chinese government starting to crack down on digital piracy

By libertyc
January 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Previously 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 [...]

View from down under: What I’m thankful for – that pirated copy of my book

By libertyc
November 27, 2010 // 3 Comments

A 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. [...]

Piracy: an objective view

By libertyc
November 23, 2010 // 26 Comments

A 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 [...]

Piracy from an author’s point of view

By libertyc
November 22, 2010 // 120 Comments

Here’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 [...]

The “real” victms of online piracy

By libertyc
November 19, 2010 // 23 Comments

Here’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 [...]

Taohua.com apologizes for selling pirated ebooks

By libertyc
November 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Dan Bloom has an article in TechEye about: Taohua.com, 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 [...]

From Japan: Bringing the pirates on board, by Eugene Woodbury

By libertyc
November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Only a tiny fraction of the $4-5 billion manga market in Japan is licensed and published in the U.S. every year (to say nothing of the backlist). As a result, websites that host “scanlated” (scanned and translated) manga have become a major source of supply to meet the growing demand by [...]

New Attributor study on pirated ebooks – of dubious value

By libertyc
October 7, 2010 // 14 Comments

Publishers Weekly is reporting on this new study: Digital content monitoring company Attributor is out with another survey gauging the amount of book piracy that lurks on the Internet. Unlike its earlier study that looked to put a figure on how much book piracy is occurring, the new report attempts [...]

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