Let's just take a minute and think about that.
95% of all downloaded music is pirated.
Now, apply that to the book industry.
Don't think it's not here already. (It's here.) I have an idea most of my readers pirated my book. It's a common problem and who goes to bat for their books? Mostly the authors. We have to send a cease and desist letter, to which we often get a resounding FUCK YOU from the pirate. If anything at all. Not something I've looked into a lot, but I know that much. If anyone wants to email me pirating sites, I'd love to look for it. Haven't googled my book in a while.
Some things I took from the article, which requires another read and a whole hell of a lot more thought:
New technology does not equal free. Hell, free doesn't even equal free. Who is making assloads of money? Internet Service Providers and the phone companies, that's who. The same kid who won't pay for music pays through the nose for a decent ISP and 100 bucks a month to keep connected via his iPhone. All so he can download his pirated songs and watch youtube.
Artists are the ones bending over. Artists have long
in the selling process. It's exponentially worse now in the regular music industry. Getting signed is tougher than ever. (Sound familiar?) Music stores are closing all over the nation. (Remember when you could buy books at Walden in the mall?) And it's tougher than ever to live off making music. (Day job, anyone?)
So yeah. This whole shaboogle is coming to a book industry near you.
Digital music on tiny earbuds sounds
I have a topnotch home theatre downstairs. Today I'll likely take my new Linkin Park album and play it on that sound system while I write on my laptop to hear all the nuances.
Where I'm going with that: the Kiiiiindle is slo0000w and doesn't include page numbers. The iPad screen is so shiny I can see meself in the glare. Even paperbacks fall apart in the sun (for you print0philes). And so on. Some of this will be solved by early next year with new screen refreshing technology. Can't do anything about melting glue, sorry.
The best bet for solving music industry woes is a two-pronged approach.
1) They suggested making ISPs pay their fair share.
(For the record, I'll be shocked if pirating regulation happens in the US. Big Business OWNS the US, Obama, and everyone under him. ISPs earn BILLIONS of dollars off pirating.)
2) Book subscription services:
Music subscriptions (download as much as you want for 15 bucks a month) are picking up in the UK and Europe. Soon it'll cross the Pond and I think that could take off, especially if they provide a quality listening experience, vs pirated and iPod versions. It's working gangbusters for gaming and film subscription services. I believe that's in the works behind the scenes 9fuckingbetterbe0, and technology will drive it.
(Notable trend: libraries are starting to provide eBooks.)
Would you try out books you might not? Would you read just part of books that have info for you? Would you write more reviews? Would you talk more about the good ones? Would you read more? Would you read more? Would you read more? Would you read more?
But, one thing the article doesn't touch on is that Free Sells. Literally.
Free content sells.
Google Cory Doctorow and JA Konrath to learn more. HOWEVER$, and they're big one$,
Doctorow is a technology and social guru who ruminates about where tech is taking us.
So don't take no 100,000 $ales number$ and apply it to little old you. He also write$ in a very popular genre.
And, for the naysayers who read Lunch and are going to throw this at me:
The Harris Poll released an interesting survey on ereading conducted among almost 3,000 adults conducted in August. They find that 8 percent of American adults currently use an "electronic reader device, such as a Kindle, an iPad or a Nook." Another 3 percent areHey book industry! 80% of the people DON'T READ, except for Facebook. They might, on the outside, read a book a year.Or well, they used to buy them in airports. Now they have a movie on iGor, so they don't need books even for vacation anymore.
"very likely "to purchase an eReader in the next six months, and another 9 percent said they were "somewhat likely" to do so. But a big fat 80 percent are not likely to do so.
But let's take it to the readers, us illustrious 20% (I $r$ly think I'm being generous here.) How did you feel about listening to music electronically 10 years ago? 15? Hell, it wasn't even an option then. Now I look at my big dusty stereo and keep thinking I'd better replace it with something that plays my iPod
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Does anyone have links to accurate figures on what it takes to create a book from the ground up in print vs electronic? I've seen lots of figures thrown about,
I have a sense eBook figures are skewed cuz the writer gets le$$ on eBook deals.