Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Another attack on authors...free novel downloads
It was bound to happen…free novel downloads for your enjoyment.
The owner of the site calls himself The Burgomeister. And he says this:
Who is the Burgomeister?
All you need to know about me is that I'm a reader: a connoisseur and a lover of literature for whom paper is finally passé. I recognise no genres, no categories; the sole criteria are truth and excellence.
Thought is like the wind; it cannot be bottled and sold. In the form of electromagnetic pulses it is less fettered still: free to roam in a universe of electrons untethered by 19th Century notions of ownership and property. On the digital frontier, our imagination's nourishment is at last free - free as in Liberty, free as in accessible to all, regardless of income, locality, or place in the pecking-order.
Well, Burgomeister, I am delighted you are a reader. And obviously a serious one. But why should Mark Haddon’s book be free – to pick one example?
It is lovely to know your imagination is being nourished. Spare a thought for the actual nourishment of the writers you deprive of a royalty.