BitLit is an app that helps you to get an eBook of a print book you own. Be great if more publishers got on board, as I have at least one shelf of books to read on paper I would like to acquire legitimately digitally.
June 30, 2014
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July 18, 2012
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March 26, 2012
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“Ask a friend with a tablet (iPad or Fire) to show you her bookshelf. More and more, you’ll see nothing. Emptiness.”
– The null set, thedominoproject.com
Yes, maybe, but…
[Update] See also: “An ebook reader for iOS that ships with 26 classics and offers access to millions more from Project Gutenburg, the Internet Archive and similar free catalogues.” c/o One Thing Well
March 18, 2012
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While I must admit my fiverr “I will change any email into a SCREENGRAB for $5” has yet to reap the rewards I expected, it hasn’t stopped my branching out into a new venture: I will buy your 99p Kindle ebook provide a 1 Star rating and write a negative review that will demotivate customers from buying your book for $5. I expect to be busy. And then rich.
January 24, 2012
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January 4, 2012
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December 22, 2011
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December 20, 2011
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An award-winning Spanish novelist claims that the illegal downloading of ebooks has forced her to give up writing and start looking for a new job.
“People are making millions out of online piracy by setting up in places like Belize, which is where the money goes,” Etxebarria said. “They are a powerful lobby and our government doesn’t dare legislate.”
Her latest novel, The Contents of Silence, was published in October and … is not available as a legal ebook but can be downloaded in pdf format from numerous websites. The print edition costs more than €20.
– Guardian: Spanish novelist Lucía Etxebarria quits writing in piracy protest
So people want to read Lucía Etxebarria’s books digitally, but they are not available digitally except as pirated copies, so instead of making them available she decides to stop writing? Comes back to how I feel about the lazy route. Make legal as easy as illegal and a I don’t think cost will be a barrier to people willing to pay. People unwilling to pay won’t pay either way. Ignore them.
See also: How much should an ebook cost?
“In a market where the marginal cost is close to zero, prices tend to race to zero as well … Except when there are no substitutes … So our analysis begins with the notion that there will be at least two price points for ebooks. One will be super cheap, perhaps a dollar, for ebooks where there are substitutes … But what about books where there is no obvious substitute[?] … Here, we need to take a moment and think about the nature of a substitute. Of course, there is no substitute for Neil. On the other hand, at $100 a book, most of us would make do and move on to our second choice. So there is a substitute, just not a perfect one or an easy one.”
[Update] See also “Striking Spanish author sparks digital publishing debate”
“Constantine too believes that there ways to survive in the constantly changing environment of literary publishing.
“[Etxebarria] might as well simply publish as ebooks herself as well, and at least get some income from these legal versions. It’s what I’m doing now.”
September 8, 2011
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I don’t mind paying the same price for digital editions of books, after all the author needs to eat and the publishers need to publish, but paying more? What gives? I’d understand if there was a need to reformat the digital edition, but “Rule 34” by Charlie Stross (for example) isn’t even formatted properly for a Kindle. So an extra £1 for Drew Macgary’s “The End Specialist“? Ouch.
“The End Specialist” (“The Postmortal” in the U.S) does sound interesting, though. Will wait for price to drop.
August 17, 2011
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Quick update on The Pirates post…
So today I was given a copy of The Times newspaper for free in WH Smith after buying 2000AD and Clint, but I can’t read their news online: paywall. But I can read The Guardian website online – for example here’s an article on The Times paywall, and yet I pay for it to be delivered (albeit digitally). Don’t know what that says about them. Or me. But it says something about free.