Filed under: BookCamp Toronto, Creative Commons | Tags: Booksquare, Cory Doctorow, New York Times, Piracy, Pirate Bay, Urusla Le Guin
Pirates are upon us! They’re assailing us with their dastardly ways, their electronic disseminations, their digital altruisms. Quickly, assemble the attorneys and dispatch them to litigate the readership!
That quivering lip is corporate book publishing wondering what to do next about file sharing, bit torrents and the stealthy denizens of the Pirate Bay.
Digital book piracy has made it to the pages of the New York Times and it seems that the hand wringing is about to begin in earnest about how to deal with digital books leaked to the web.
Kassia Kroszer lends her sensibility to the argument with this post on the issue at her Booksquare blog. She notes while Ursula Le Guin and her publisher are dismayed to find digital versions of her book the Left Hand of Darkness on file sharing sites that it may actually indicate that there’s an unserved market for her work in this format and not an opportunity for panic.
Cory Doctorow closes the NYT article by saying, “I really feel like my problem isn’t piracy,” Mr. Doctorow said. “It’s obscurity.”
The waters are churning.
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Booksquare, Kassia Krozser, Monique Trottier, Richard Nash, Soft Skull
During the early days of planning Books on the Radio I put together a Facebook group – just something quick and fun that could kind of stand as a bookmark to future intentions. I would occasionally post links there for people to peruse but mostly I would post the links to remind myself to come back to these things later.
Well, later is now. Here’s some of the more interesting people whose writing and ideas about books have influenced my vision for the show.
So Misguided: Monique Trottier is leading the revolution. This is her blog about books, the book industry, technology and marketing. Smart, passionate and ready to help.
Booksquare: Voice of the shifting sands. Funny, passionate dissection of the publishing industry with a focus on the technologies. Essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the book.
Richard Nash: Ex-Soft Skull guru has gone solo. One of the strongest and most experienced voices in the conversation. He’s not afraid to advocate experimentation.
The Book Publicity Blog – Pretty self-explanatory. Excellent, straight-forward style.
This could go on all day.
I think that these four links are good for now – but it should be noted that you’re really not going anywhere in this conversation about books, the future of books, the ascendant technologies, copyright or whatever, without the expressed written consent of Cory Doctorow. Check out his craphound blog and if you’re not regularly hitting up the boingboing then please check yourself for a pulse.