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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Matthew Iglesias has an interesting post concerning file sharing of e-books. Kind of like file sharing of music a few years back. Most e-book readers like Kindle or Nook are specific, but many e-books are PDF's and can be easily downloaded onto other computers or readers. He's really upset about file sharing books in the public domain, his example: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.  I wonder if you can get it free from Amazon or Barne's & Nobles, or get it free by getting it e-mailed to you by a friend, what's the difference? It's public domain!
Here's my beef. I went to Amazon and checked my book. Optimus: Praetorian Guard. They still haven't dropped the kindle price down to $7.99 to match the price now set by Publish America. But if you look at the NEW books offered by different book sellers the price ranges from $8.99 to a whopping 874.25. Most in the 30-40 range. Here's my question. These are new books which should only be sold new by Publish America or through their distributors to book stores where the sales should generate my royalties, or by me after I buy them from Publish America and sell them at a book signing. HOW CAN THESE BOOKS SELLERS GET NEW COPIES OF MY BOOK AND SELL THEM WITHOUT PAYING ME A ROYALTY?
I can understant the used books offered, but if the books are new I should be getting my cut for my work and my copyright.


Unknown said...

I don't like digital books. I'm old fashioned, I guess. I like to sit and turn the pages and not simply scroll an Iphone withmy thumb on the screen. It's too depersonalizing. Just my view!

P M Prescott said...

An e-reader is much better than a phone. I take my kindle everywhere with me.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That's kind of puzzling. I'm a little anal about making sure that all the music I have is paid for. Public domain works are one thing, but you should be getting your cut of sales from new books. Period.

P M Prescott said...

I really do agree.