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Old 08-05-2009, 08:39 PM   #76
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... Shame Miss Niffenegger wont be seeing a red cent from all those people who'll source her book from the internet instead.
Indeed.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:23 PM   #77
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The illegal pdf floating around on the net is really well put together. Fully working TOC, well laid out. Whoever made the version put a lot of time and effort into the end product. Shame Miss Niffenegger wont be seeing a red cent from all those people who'll source her book from the internet instead.
The version I saw isn't that nice.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:25 PM   #78
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The version I saw isn't that nice.
Compared to some I've seen it's a gem Not that I want to read it in any case.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:19 PM   #79
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The illegal pdf floating around on the net is really well put together. Fully working TOC, well laid out. Whoever made the version put a lot of time and effort into the end product. Shame Miss Niffenegger wont be seeing a red cent from all those people who'll source her book from the internet instead.
I didn't find the PDF all that great, hence my OCR edition.

It'll be interesting to see what happens in her future contracts. The vast majority of publishers will insist on having E-rights. She may have a high-powered enough agent to fight them, but I'm betting this decision is going to be out of her hands next time.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:53 PM   #80
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As someone that owns both a paper copy and the audio copy of the book I am disappointed. I probably would have bought a ebook copy because I like the book that much.

On the other hand, the author is an artist as well as a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. I am not at all surprised by her opinion even if I think it is a bad choice.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:51 PM   #81
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I live in a third world country where it's not possible to buy the physical book so to offset my guilt at downloading an illegal lrf copy for my wife, I gave five bucks to a homeless lady. If the luddite author doesn't need my money at least someone benefitted by my "acquisition".
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:15 PM   #82
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Obviously not against it, as Time Traveler's Wife is available as an audiobook. Kinda hypocritical, as her arguments against ebooks are something that audiobooks go even farther against the art of print. Destroy typography? Try not having any at all.
I don't think I'd call it hypocritical, as there is always the visually-impaired audience to justify the existence of audiobooks.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:24 PM   #83
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No, but at the same time, the argument against ebooks (that it harms the art of print) applies to audiobooks, since it just totally does away with all the visuals.

If you're going to go the handicapped route, what about large print editions?
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:34 PM   #84
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I loved this book and it was one of the ones I was hoping to buy again so that I could replace my paper copy with the ebook version.
Now it's time to toss out your paper copy and tell the author why.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:59 PM   #85
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Maybe we could build a big bonfire and just burn them.
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:13 PM   #86
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Unfortunately, that tends to have very little effect on the authors, since most of them are more concerned about getting paid, and hey, they already got the money from those copies.
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Ahh, Fahrenheit 451, one of my all time favourite books and by my all-time favourite author. Pity he has nearly exactly the same opinion of e-books as Miss Niffeneger.
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Well, he's 88 years old so we'll make allowances. have you read his short story "The Murderer"? His description of people tethered to technology is uncanny.

As for Miss Niffeneger, I don't get the animosity toward her. Her opinion is disappointing, but it was politely stated.
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Well, he's 88 years old so we'll make allowances. have you read his short story "The Murderer"? His description of people tethered to technology is uncanny.

As for Miss Niffeneger, I don't get the animosity toward her. Her opinion is disappointing, but it was politely stated.

Love the 'Murderer' as I do most all of Bradbury's work, and sure I can give him a pass, but its still a disappointment, same with Miss Niffeneger. I suppose I expect writers to be all for reading of any kind, no matter if it's print, an e-ink screen or scrawled on the side of a wall. Her brick and mortar concerns are symptomatic of the industry as a whole; unwilling to move forward or embrace burgeoning culture.
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