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  •  I'm sure we agree average reader isn't the problem (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, RiveroftheWest

    and imo if ordinary readers worry their investments can vanish at the click of an ebookstore button, it only depresses ebook sales. Or at least, I personally know several people whose wariness about this, right or wrong, keeps them from buying ebooks. So if we're talking hypothetical loss of sales that pay the rent, this factors in too.

    I guess I just don't see the current limitations on license stopping thievery anyway. Pirates know how to crack text out of protective shells -- in fact, most writers I know had to send out cease & desist notes this week to a web site that was giving away their ebooks without permission. Not to mention the fact that abroad, masses of bound books are digitally scanned and illegally reproduced.

    "Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts." William S. Burroughs

    by scilicet on Thu May 09, 2013 at 12:50:33 PM PDT

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    •  And one publisher who has gone DRM free is (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, scilicet

      not seeing an increase in piracy. Of course, TOR is the leader in that field and they admit that their reader base consists of people who could easily defeat any DRM. Still, they have seen no impact on piracy or sales.

      Or at least, I personally know several people whose wariness about this, right or wrong, keeps them from buying ebooks. So if we're talking hypothetical loss of sales that pay the rent, this factors in too.
      My manicurist, OTOH, won't buy ebooks because if there ever is an electromagnetic attack we will all lose our ebooks but she will still have her physical copies. Apparently it didn't occur to her that as I suggested, in the event of an electromagnetic attack, books will be pretty low on anyone's priority list.

      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Thu May 09, 2013 at 12:59:01 PM PDT

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