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  •  We've had book piracy for DECADES... (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, kurt

    By which I mean ways in which copies of books were passed around without the publishers getting an additional cut.

    They're called PUBLIC LIBRARIES.


    The weirdest thing about the way this developed with the music business was - the big record companies were fighting tooth and claw against Napster and the like - a way in which their artists were getting tons of listens and free exposure - at the same time that they were fighting tooth and claw to get their artists tons of listens and free (and in many cases, PAID FOR) exposure on RADIO.

    It made absolutely no sense.

    And now book publishers are making the same mistake (as well as pricing their product so high that it both eliminates casual or impulse purchases, as well as driving people to pirate copies)

    •  Why does that not make sense? (0+ / 0-)

      Radio play drives record sales.  File sharing doesn't.  You may not agree with them, but I think the logic of it is pretty plain.

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