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Old 10-08-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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A Walk on the Dark Side

Occasionally, I feel the need to take a walk on the dark side. I figure one needs to know the neighborhood, even if you aren't planning on living there.

I recently had the urge to reread an old favorite book. Since I had this nice, new jetBook, I figured I'd get an ebook to replace the tattered old paperback. Alas, no legitimate ebook exists of my aging favorite. Since I owned a copy, and the publisher hasn't made it available in ebook form, I figured this was a fair novel to use to see how the other half reads. I found a passable text scan on the darknets.

With three hours of tinkering, I had a decent, albeit not perfect, ebook. I didn't use anything elaborate. Mostly Open Office Writer. Now then, 3 hours times my takehome cash pay rate is =gack=! The 1997 paperback only cost $6.99. I'd just spent =mumble= times that.

Once again, ebooks aren't worth stealing. It would have been cheaper to buy it, if publishers would wise up and make their backlist available as unencrypted ebooks.

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Old 10-08-2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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One on one yes, I'd have to agree. Time spent is probably not worth what it costs you.

The sweet thing about an ebook is that for that investment of time, you can make as many copies, and share it with as many people as you like. Or even post it here, and let us all read it. And even have a really interesting discussion about the book afterwords. Since we'd all have access to it.

And if you did a book, and I did a book, and he did a book......................

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Old 10-09-2009, 08:30 AM   #3
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One on one yes, I'd have to agree. Time spent is probably not worth what it costs you.

The sweet thing about an ebook is that for that investment of time, you can make as many copies, and share it with as many people as you like.
"But that would be wrong, Mr. Dean." - R.M. Nixon, speaking to lampshade

More seriously, since I like the author and wish him to do well, I'm unlikely to do something to harm his making a living. In this case, I like the _publisher_ as well, so your suggestion is beyond the pale.

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