Thursday, July 03, 2008

Copyright and Free Books

One of the programs I attended while at the ALA conference was on copyright and online piracy. During the program, writer and editor, Eric Flint, mentioned that the Baen publishing response to this is to offer selected titles for free download and the rest of their library at reasonable (lower than paperback) prices. You can read their whole position statement about this and I tend to agree with it but the part that excited me was that FREE books are available, which is the equivalent of librarian crack. Best of all, with no DRM attached to the downloads you can share with others who might like the books. Of course, supporting your favorite authors by buying the books or asking your local library buy copies is encouraged as well.

For all intents and purposes Eric Flint's portion of the panel discussion is on the Baen website. I do wish I had written down a couple of "quotables" from Vernor Vinge and Cory Doctorow as well but I was too busy listening.


Anonymous said...

Seriously? Copywrite? It's copyRIGHT.

From, entering "copywrite":
The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary.

Please don't claim literacy when you can't spell.

A Librarian said...

You are right and that is incorrect. Thank you for pointing that out.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the random person who pops in to make an ass of themselves in order to make themselves feel superior. When did you "claim literacy" and who did you claim it for?