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Desc:In response to the Harlan Ellison video.
Category:Crime, Educational
Tags:Piracy, Neil Gaiman, Hackers, harlan ellison
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Pillager - 2011-03-03
I met him at the national book festival.

Really cool guy.
WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2011-03-03
Neil Gaiman is pretty much the only author who writes anything remotely related to fantasy that I'm not embarrassed to admit I enjoy reading.

poorwill - 2011-03-03
Went in expecting to one-star this, but it's a practical, commonsense view that is hard to disagree with in the sense that more sales are more sales and they're going to the right place. Piracy evangelicals can fuck right off though - I can't buy a single goddamn thing without my sister's baby's daddy telling me I should pirate it instead. Really awesome guy apart from that - helps me fix all my computer-related shit.
Neither of us liked American Gods though, which I loaned to him.

Wander - 2011-03-03
Does this actually hold true for authors who aren't as massively popular as Gaiman, though?
fatatty - 2011-03-03
It's definitely a different ballpark but there's no doubt that piracy gives smaller authors a leg up in the publishing world. Smaller authors are even less likely to be discovered in the traditional world of book publication. The internet allows anyone to be discovered by fans, who could probably get a lot of new fans by giving away books.

The thing is most people can only afford to buy a few books, movies and CDs a month. The internet gives you the ability to try a much larger breadth of media than ever possible, and most people still buy close to what they would have bought anyway. But now you can just buy from content creators you really want to support and download whatever you were iffy on or would have just got at the library.

Let's not forget that the library has been giving away free books for a very long time and people still bought books.

I think people who have stopped buying entertainment and only download are by far the minority. Sagging book sales are more a product of the immense amount of entertainment options available today from books to phone apps. And if you really want to be discovered, it's much more likely online, for free, than in some corner of Borders, for 15 bucks.

memedumpster - 2011-03-03
I buy all books used, which is piracy of a socially acceptable sort.

Menudo con queso - 2011-03-03
Anybody remember when Garth Brooks said he wouldn't allow his music to be sold anywhere that sold used CDs? Not that it made a goddamned bit of difference to me.

Robin Kestrel - 2011-03-03
I recently read a novella online, Missile Gap by Charles Stross, and the first thing I did when I was done was order his book Wireless from Amazon. So I agree with Gaiman.
Jet Bin Fever - 2011-03-04
Wonderful. Smashing bloody wonderful. I love this man and all that he does. I still follow his blog too.
dead_cat - 2011-03-06
Yes. I like to read a few chapters of a book before I commit to buying it, just to assure myself that it won't be a horrible letdown and waste of my money.
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