Jul 25 2012
Wednesday News: Amazing pictures of earth; Stephen Leather boasts of sock puppetry; Bad behavior nets interest
Stephen Leather sat on a panel on publishing in the UK. He said some silly thingslike how fans are a suitable source of editing/copyediting/fact finding (“I tried to explain that with eBooks, an author with a large fan base can use fans to edit and proof-read. Everyone seemed to think that meant I thought writers could do away with editors, and of course that’s not the case. But not every writer needs a hard edit, some writers need little more than proof-reading and fact-checking and that can be done through fans.”) but he never, in his blogpost, mentioned anything about blithely creating sock puppets. It looks like Leather writes some porny work so if you come across it in the erotica section and it seems well reviewed, it’s definitely a case of buyer beware.
Readers appear to be gravitating toward the multifunction tablet device and away from the dedicated ereader.
It used to be that I would highlight bad behavior here on the blog, but examples of bad behavior occurred so often that the blog would have been one train wreck after another. Further, I began to believe that bad behavior only serves to increase awareness around a product. There were studies done that showed whenever a rival detergent was used in a commercial, the rival would see an increase in sales as well. That’s why in those commercials, Tide is shown to go up against some “popular” brand. I even think some authors (particularly one successful self published author) intentionally foments online kerfluffles to encourage her main base to support her and go forth and fill the airways about her book’s awesomeness.
There is a purported Canadian who appears to be engaged in wholesale copyright infringement of ebooks by sharing them freely and refusing to abide by copyright notices. He declares himself above the law or that somehow copyright does not apply to him. He is even engaging in Stop the GR Bullies behavior by posting the full name, address, and phone number of the authors that are sending him DMCA takedown notices and posting pictures of those authors with their personal information. Someone asked me if I was going to blog about it and I responded that I ordinarily don’t post links to a pirate site because I don’t want to publicize access. In this case, posting for the purposes of shaming wouldn’t work because he is brazen. He is proud he is engaging in this activity. His domain name server is in the U.S. and I reported that he was engaged in behavior that was infringing. I also contacted Flattr, a micropayment system that the infringer was using. The company is based in Sweden so I have few hopes that there will be a positive response.
I’m open to hearing ideas from the crowd on how DA can help in this case. We are limited in what legal action we can take because we don’t hold the copyright to any of the materials being improperly hosted.