Perhaps Piracy Is Exactly What Publishing Needs

Author:
Publish date:

The issue of piracy flared up on this blog a few weeks back, with some readers disagreeing with me about piracy as a potential good thing.

I found the following viewpoint fascinating—inspired by a piece in the Guardian, and shared and commented on at Teleread (a major blog devoted to e-books).

The Guardian said:

To put it less glibly, the publishing industry isn’t being forced to
confront a radical shift in consumer behaviour caused by technology,
because that scenario just is not happening. Customers aren’t forcing
the issue by choosing to abandon books and read pirated text instead.
And this means the problem isn’t there to be confronted.

Teleread commented:

Publishers know what’s costing them book sales—it’s the
general public’s overall apathy toward reading. There are a few loud
complainers about pirates—generally authors, rather than publishers …

Without a pirate threat to fail to “beat,” publishers are under no
obligation to “join” them. Which could explain why most of them
continue to encumber their books with useless DRM, and to charge more
than consumers are usually willing to pay. E-books only account for
half of one percent of total book sales, and there is no significant
pirate threat to make them get serious.

You can read the full blog post from Teleread here, along with a link to the original Guardian piece.

2020_creative_gifts_for_writers

2020 Creative Gift Ideas for Writers

Searching for something special for that special someone who loves to write? Check out our 2020 creative gift ideas for writers with a range of fun gifts for the wordsmiths in your life.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a remix poem.

Omeara_11:27

Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that lead to some exciting publishing opportunities.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a what's next poem.

plot_twist_story_prompts_an_invitation_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, give a character an invitation.

Vintage WD_Conder Soule 11:26

Vintage WD: Poetry without Rhyme—Or Even Thees and Thous

In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a thankful poem.

Richard_11:24

Building Better Worlds: Five Tips to Guide Your Planning Process

Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.

March_11:25

Why I Write Mysteries

Mystery writer Nev March shares how she found herself writing historical mysteries and what she hopes readers will get from her storytelling.