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  Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   Electronic publishing and "piracy"
Date:   2002-12-12 17:09:39
From:   timoreilly
Response to: Electronic publishing and "piracy"

Hey Eric, nice to meet you. Sounds like you're the guy I ought to try to get together with, not necessarily Jim Baen. Maybe you could give a talk on your experiences at one of our conferences...
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  • Electronic publishing and "piracy"
    2002-12-13 08:42:23  everdarkliz [View]

    Actually, this isn't news to the thousands of authors who started _out_ being published electronically. Few if any of the successful epublishers--Hard Shell Word Factory, Awe-Struck eBooks, DiskUS--bother with encryption for the simple reason it's a waste of time and money.

    But, you argue, that's not the same as Stephen King or Patricia Cornwell or [insert huge money-making author's name here]. No, it's not. But behaving as if every reader is a potential thief isn't exactly good customer relations. It's rather like a department story insisting on having every departing customer undergo a body search.