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This is actually directed at authors, rather than readers, but any readers who want to chime in, can do so.

I’ve heard from certain publishers that during romance book conferences, e-book authors often feel inferior to their print counterparts, because print authors/publishers don’t consider e-bookers to be ‘real’ authors. I wonder how true that is?

I’ve also heard several authors defend their e-book author status, by saying that they’d choose e-books over print anyday, because they have greater freedom in terms of their work, they can write outside the box, yadda yadda yadda.

Is that really the general consensus?

Whenever an e-book author gets a contract with Kensington or any of the big NY houses, there’s this level of excitement, and a general feeling from the author that, yes, they finally made it, despite already having written multiple books for trhe likes of Samhain or Elloras Cave.

Let’s face it, when was the last time Lora Leigh had an e-book out? And she got her start in e-books.

So my my question to the e-book authors is this: If you had a choice between writing for a house like Elloras Cave or Samhain Publishing and writing for an NY house like Kensington, who would you choose? Honestly?

Which would Lora Leigh have chosen back in the day, had she been given the choice then?

E-Books Piracy (Or why do I care?)

Sunday, June 22, 2008
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

(This post originally appeared in Shiloh Walker’s blog)

To keep this on track, please note that I am not talking about Creative Commons or other ways of freely sharing work—simply because those involve author’s choice. That is not what I want to address here.

Piracy and filesharing automatically remove the author from the equation; the decision to share and to download pirated work is made by the original perpetrator and by every person out there willing to ‘get a free copy’ illegally.

As I see the issue of piracy, there are two main aspects, the ethical and the practical.

Ethically speaking, piracy is wrong. Period. No gray areas here, no apologies that cut it. The person who downloads ‘free’ copies of pirated items is stealing those copies, and cheating the creator of the work out of their due royalties.

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