Thursday, 22 October 2009

Discussion Point - Lending a Friend or Piracy

I jumped on Dear Author site to day and it was a spectacular revelation…. One of the Ja(y)ne’s has put together a rather brilliant piece on eBook piracy verses lending.

Sharing is a fundamental part of reading.  Sharing is a reader’s way of saying “try this, I think you’ll like it. There is no risk here.” It’s a way of building a relationship with another reader so that the next time you are reading a book, you can say, “get this” and that person will go and buy it, solely on your recommendation.  From one reader to another, there is no greater expression of trust than to buy on another reader’s recommendation.

Jane © Dear Author

I urge you all to visit and get involve in the discussion, because personally it’s about time someone tackle this issue. While I am the first to jump on the band wagon to root out piracy, there is a limit to how far is too far when it comes to who you share your books with… and who you label as thieves..

I am a early converter to eBooks – I have a staggering amount of eBooks. Where I couldn’t buy books – like  back dated stuff I have begged on bended knees and some authors have been wonderful in allowing me to have copies of their very very old stuff…

That said when I started my blog, my one aim was to get more people reading, even if it was only one person reading one book  (My friend Kelly – Chic Geek – Has read four books (see comments) this month – so  I am filled with joy ). I have gone out and met people who read and my Fitzroy (Iliad - Ereader) has made the rounds through a few hussies hands – Does that make me a pirate, after all they are reading the same books I paid for and vise versa.

Bear in mind my little band wagon is made up of seven people and we jump around a lot with our eBooks and print. Why must I prove myself to anyone for this fact, that between one to six other people might like the books I have bought and would like to read them or that I might like the sound of how a book might make one of my friends gush and would like to try it myself.

I will be honest and say I feel like I have to look over my shoulder every time I loan pass on my books to my friend… even to the point where I physically give them my Fitzroy for the duration rather than email a eBook to them… And ultimately this is really sad because one of the core principle of reading is based on lending….

 

11 Speak To Me:

A Buckeye Girl Reads on 22 October 2009 at 18:33 said...

It's been awhile since I've been here, and I love this design-the colors are great!! I'm late to the e-book genre, and this is such a tough question.

What a great debate question. (I don't think you're a pirate, b/c I see it as getting more people to read, and if they like they might just buy their own copy or more of that authors books then they would have otherwise.) Sorry for writing a mouthful!

TheChicGeek on 22 October 2009 at 18:42 said...

Good Morning, EH :)
Awwww, thank you for your encouragement to me with reading. Now I am compelled to do my review like I promised...LOL

I love the Jane Dear Author quote. I have a kindle and most the books I've read lately have been on the kindle. It is just easier to carry a lightweight Kindle around and encourages me to read. I agree too, books are for sharing. That is one of the beautiful things about them, sharing them, discussing them.

I have often gone and later purchased a book that I borrowed from someone because it was so good, I just wanted to have it in my library. I've also purchased books I love to show support for the author...I want them to reap the benefit of their hard work.

The bottom line is books are for sharing. I am a court reporter and people often copy illegally my transcripts and share them with others. You know, I don't appreciate it but at times, I do understand it. Sometimes people just don't have the funds to purchase it from me and so if they share with another...whatever. God always takes care of me and provides what I need. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Very thought-provoking question today. I'm going to think about this some more.

Hugs to You, EH :D
Have a Happy Reading Day!
xx

Blodeuedd on 22 October 2009 at 21:09 said...

I know, I read this too, and what piracy. You're just lending books, just as I would lend out my real books if a buddy wanted to read them. What is the difference. You are not putting them up online and sharing with hundreds

Fiction Vixen on 22 October 2009 at 21:49 said...

I suppose I come to this discussion from a different point of view. I have a graphic arts background and have had my work pirated a great deal at a huge loss in income.

I do understand your feelings on wanting to share with your friends. I love to share my joy in reading as well. However sharing a paper book and sharing one in digital format is quite different. In sharing a paper book you pass along one copy that you purchased. That friend may read the book and pass it to one other friend and so on. However in a digital format, you have the potential to share that one purchased copy with as many friends as you can email. All the friends that received your file, can then do the same for everyone they know. This could add up to a huge income loss to the author, publisher etc. So the difference in sharing a paper book and ebook is this: when you share a paper book you do not create a copy of a copyrighted work. But in sharing a book in ebook format, you are creating illegal copies of copyrighted work.

Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not suggesting that you personally are involved in anything like mass sharing and this is not a personal attack by any means. I'm just saying that the consumer needs to understand the impact that sharing has on the industry as a whole.

Erotic Horizon on 22 October 2009 at 22:15 said...

@A Buckeye Girl Reads

Thanks for your comment on the blog... Loving it myself as well...

I see your point and in some respect that's how I look at it as well- I am introducing my friend to a new author or a genre...

And that's how I have found some fantastic authors myself...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 22 October 2009 at 22:18 said...

@Kell's..

I agree there is definitely an argument for book sharing, but how and with who..

In regard to your work - as long as you understand the personal ramification to your self and are good with it - it's your choice not to pursue the offenders..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 22 October 2009 at 22:19 said...

@Kell's

I forgot to mention - I am looking forward to those book reviews...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 22 October 2009 at 22:21 said...

@Blodeuedd...

I think Fiction Vixen comment took care of what's the difference between lending and piracy


Not putting them up online and sharing with hundreds

You might not be - but who you share with just might be...


E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 22 October 2009 at 22:34 said...

@Fiction Vixen...

I do agree with on all the points you mention... however the core of this for me boils down to trust...

I was always the first one on the rags to join the "it's Piracy" bandwagon - it took my kids to see it from another angle..

I accept that electronic media is the bane of a lot of peoples life, personal and professional, mine included, however I have to TRUST and never forget that people are innocent until proven guilty..

Not that I am going to rush out and share all - but my friends are people I trust, people who have held my hand through the good time and the bad times - so yes of course I am going to share my love of reading with them..

People I meet online - I just wouldn't for the reasons you mention - and still yet when would you say I trust you enough to share my books, ebook or otherwise.. or for that matter what does that say about TRUST in general...


E.H>

Lily on 23 October 2009 at 01:24 said...

Great post, EH.

For me the inability to share with friends is the only thing I don't like about ebooks. Although now that I read M/M it hasn't come up for me as my real life friends don't read the genre. But still, coming from the print world where I was used to sharing my books with friends and reading their books I've found it a bit shocking that now it's viewed as being a pirate and illegal.

I understand the loss of income to the author when books are on free share sites but I don't think sharing an ebook with a friend is the same thing. Like you, I only ever shared with someone I trusted and while I don't share my ebooks now if a close trusted friend wanted to try a M/M book I would.

Perhaps that one shared book would open up a whole new world for someone who previously was not interested in the genre.

Erotic Horizon on 24 October 2009 at 06:40 said...

@Lily..

Thanks for weighing in on this topic and I also don't have a lot of people who read M/M myself but as you said close friends come with a badge call trust

I have always had strong views on this and am very glad it's finally making the rounds in terms of a discussion.

E.H>