posted on Oct, 26 2012 @ 11:08 PM
reply to post by badgerprints
I actually don't like the preponderance of working around paying for books.
I rarely pay for content (ideas) and I do contribute as a write for free GFDL or CC30 editions of books regularly, given that the price of publishing
is virtually nil today and will continue to decrease, this allied with the vast number of works that are in the public domain or free makes really in
writing for ones livelihood a very risky business.
Add to that copyright infringement, akin to civil disobedience (that really stems from bad pricing policies and absurd copyright law), and unless the
system changes drastically there will be very few fields of writing that will survive as we know them today. There are advantages and disadvantages
regarding the situation and many avenues for evolution, one aspect that I take as important is the greater access we have for information in general
(even if quality seems to have become lost in the shuffle).
Out of copywrite is fine but authors that don't get paid cant justify contributing.
Out of copyright is only a section of what is today available, when we talk about writing we are really talking about content generation the medium
today is really irrelevant be it audio, text or video the sheer number of people alive today and our capacity to retain past works makes a drastic
shift inevitable (that is why corporations lobby for extended copyright protection or how works that are out of copyright (public domain) rarely get
any state protection, they are the repositories of human knowledge and creativity that belong to all of us but no one cares to protect...
I am an amateur writer. I'd like to think that one day if I am published that everybody won't just steal my work.
Consider the new models available to you and do not rely on the old ones. From micro-payments, donation to ransom there is a world of alternatives
that not only increase your chances to get market visibility but can even lead to increased profitability since you will be cutting the middleman out
(publisher). People will always be able to steal your work they always have been able to, now is just less expensive to do so...
I buy real books because I like to support the industry and enjoy them. Speculating on books that will increase in value and /or become rare is a good
way to support fellow writers.
I started to avoid buying real books long ago I still subscribe to some publications (no newspapers) and buy reference works (even prints of public
domain work if the quality is good) or as a way to support authors that I respect but I avoid to not support an industry that I do not respect.
In the case of Conspiracy, Survival, UFO etc I would never spend any money on it, there are plenty of free content out there and supporting some of
the fields in this manner would foster even more quackery (I do however buy now and then some Science Fiction books and technical books on my area of
interest and would gladly pay attend some conferences on some of the areas that ATS covers).
edit on 26-10-2012 by Panic2k11 because: spelling