Saturday… Just Saying

7/28/2012

Brenda Ueland, 1891 – 1985

Brenda Ueland was an editor,  journalist, freelance writer, writing teacher as well as an author of two non-fiction books.  If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit is her most known book.

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Illustration by Karen LeRosier

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Saturday… Just Saying 7/21/2012

Janet Evanovich, 1943-

 Janet Evanovich is an American writer best known for her “numbered” contemporary mysteries featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, beginning with One for the Money through upcoming Notorious Nineteen. She also wrote contemporary romance as Steffie Hall.

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Images from wikimedia commons and KLeRosier

 

 

Book Piracy and Public Opinion

There has been a huge outpouring of commentary regarding Terry Goodkind’s naming and shaming a pirate of his new ebook on social media*. Reactions are all over the place judging by several related blogs as well as the dozens of comments I read. Opinion appears to be rather equally distributed between praise, outrage and uneasy ambiguity.

I’m disturbed by how many people think piracy is okay because it’s easy to do and so many are doing it. This is a disturbing bastardization of moral thinking. Pirating is illegal; it’s stealing, and immoral. The actual book might be digital or “just data” but the STORY is owned by the Author and he/she has a right to payment for their creation regardless of format.

Pick pocketing is also common and  easily done  but the victim is still violated and outraged when it happens. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it is illegal and immoral.

Cutting-in-line is also morally wrong but a common happening; perpetrators are unlikely to be punished. But bystanders applaud when they are ejected to the back of the line!  Why is calling out book pirates different?

Robin Hood’s myth, stealing from the rich to give to the poor is a popular justification for the pick-pocket and the book pirate. Hood was still an outlaw with risk of punishment. His identity was also revealed on wanted posters nailed to trees—the pre-internet version of posting on Facebook or Twitter. Robin Hood was probably proud of his wanted posters; he believed his cause was just.

Why then is Goodkind’s pirate not thrilled to be named? If piracy is okay why are so many people outraged that the pirates name was revealed?

To those who use the logic that Goodkind is famous, rich and wouldn’t be hurt by a few pirated books I offer this.

Goodkind’s campaign against piracy aids all writers–rich or poor.

This includes the less profitable mid-listed authors and the starving unknown author who poured their heart into a novel for years and after finally self publishing is selling only a few of books a week. The missed royalty could helps pay debts for a cover artist and an editing since a profit may NEVER be realized.

I would love to own an iPhone but I can not afford one.

I don’t have the right to steal one even though Apples is rich,  is charging too much and/or the quality isn’t what it should be.  Boycotting is the moral way to protest the price or quality of an item.

I can’t afford an iPhone so I do not have one. The piracy issue is that simple.

Illustration and Laptop image by K LeRosier with partial images from wikimedia commons.
Cover scan of a Classics Comics book at commons.wikimedia.org
Buried Treasure: illustration of William “Captain” Kidd overseeing a treasure burial at commons.wikimedia.org

Related Links:

Goodkind’s opinions on piracy

Terry Goodkind Smites an eBook Pirate 

Saturday… Just Saying 7/14/2012

Neil Gaiman, 1960-

Neil Richard Gaiman is an English author who writes in a variety genres and mediums. Genres include fantasy, science fiction and horror, mediums include, novels, graphic novels, short stories, children’s books, as well as scripts for film and television. He is well known for his comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, and Coraline.

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Image adapted from Albert Bierstadt, A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bierstadt-storm-in-the-rocky-mountains-1886.jpg
Illustration by KLeRosier

Saturday… Just Saying 7/7/2012

Robin Hobb, 1952

Robin Hobb is one of two pen names used by Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, an American fantasy author. She also writes as Megan Lindholm.  As Hobb she is best known for The Realm of the Elderlings novels made up of The Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Trader Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, and The Rain Wilds Chronicles.

I’ve read and enjoyed the Liveship Traders Trilogy as well as a short story Homecoming from Legends II.

Quote from:http://www.novelish.com/writing/advice-from-fantasy-authors/
Illustration by K LeRosier