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Old 10-13-2012, 01:27 AM   #129
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Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg View Post
No one is trying to restrict 75% (or whatever the figure really is) who legally borrow books, I presume mostly from public libraries.
75% of readers don't borrow from libraries. They borrow from friends; they buy used; they are given someone else's finished copy. These options don't legitimately exist for most ebooks, and from the reader's perspective, it seems that authors don't want fans; they want customers.

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What some are trying to do is to tell the 25% percent, that they can, without guilt, grab the book illegally and keep it permanently.
Giggles is trying to claim that. The rest of us are trying to figure out how literary culture can continue--how it can work at all--if the way the majority of books have been read for centuries is removed in the ebook system.

What's the ebook solution for the 75% of paper readers who never directly supported a specific author with income? Should they just ignore that author's works? Do authors believe that a readerbase 1/4 the size they'd get for print will support them?
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