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Old 06-19-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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I have a better anti-piracy device

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_16...ve-their-home/

Since this was on cbs, hopefully a lot of people will see it. I know Mobileread members support their favorite authors, when they can, but this makes the piracy issue personal.

The Big Five, on the other hand . . .
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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Since this was on cbs, hopefully a lot of people will see it. I know Mobileread members support their favorite authors, when they can, but this makes the piracy issue personal.

The Big Five, on the other hand . . .
What a great story!

However, piracy is not something that I thought of when reading or looking at the story. What a see is what can happen when an ebook is reasonably priced and there is a decent story - even if the other is not well known. I looked through my ebook list and found that I had purchased 3 of her books. Now, that I know the rest of the story, I will get more!

Again, great story!
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That was a great story!
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:02 PM   #4
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How is this story about piracy? I don't get it.
I wonder about the quality of those romance novels.......>.> <.<
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:05 PM   #5
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...I wonder about the quality of those romance novels.......>.> <.<
The ones that I bought are suggestive of a particular body type and they are fun erotic/romance books.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:47 PM   #6
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Didn't mean to be confusing. After wiping the tears from my eyes, my next thought was I guess they (authors) aren't all like Scott Turow. I had just read the thread on the new German DRM scheme, and thought this was more likely to dissuade pirates.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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Reasonably priced, widely available -- looks like a plan to me.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #8
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And I think in like six months we put out 20 titles.
I've nothing against people earning money honestly.

But as for the price being low, what you pay in proportion to Wilder authorial time is sky high.

Although they do have giveaway books, the median Wilder price seems to be $2.99.

This means that, for one year of their work (40 books), you would pay about $119, or $59 for one year's work of one author.`

Compare that to the one year it takes my favorite researched police procedural novelist, Archer Mayor, to write one book. His major publisher eBooks cost far less than $59.

Or compare to my latest favorite author, Robert Caro, whose books are the product of another workaholic husband-wife team. It takes them at least six years to finish one book. This means Caro books are, by the Wilder price standard, worth about $800 each -- assuming zero value-to-the-reader for the major publisher editorial process.

One could also do a price per word comparison. Caro books are, I think, at least five times the length of a typical genre novel. Maybe it would turn out that Caro and Wilder, by that measure, price similarly.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:20 AM   #9
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That was a great story. Looks like imminent foreclosure may well be a great remedy for writer's block.

Congrats to them.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:34 AM   #10
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Since this was on cbs, hopefully a lot of people will see it. I know Mobileread members support their favorite authors, when they can, but this makes the piracy issue personal.

The Big Five, on the other hand . . .
I'm probably missing something, but I didn't hear or see any mention whatsoever of piracy in this. What's the connection?
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:44 AM   #11
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I'm probably missing something, but I didn't hear or see any mention whatsoever of piracy in this. What's the connection?
I think the idea is if you pirate books, you don't give money to the author. And in their case, they wouldn't have saved their home.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:40 AM   #12
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I guess I'm in the minority. I'm not uplifted or inspired by a story of people churning out books to make a quick buck.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:51 AM   #13
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I guess I'm in the minority. I'm not uplifted or inspired by a story of people churning out books to make a quick buck.
I'm not uplifted by the books themselves (though I am aware that some of the people I admire -- Poe, Mozart, etc. -- did the very same thing).

What I'm happy about is this: A couple facing financial ruin was able to conjure a source of income out of text and vapor. I'm not a fan of romance novels, but I do applaud those who manage to break free of the toil of cubicle purgatory.

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Well it's not a minority of one - I agree with you at least.
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A rags to riches story always cheers a person up I think.
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