What’s the future of the Ebook Industry?

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. We went Up North last week and enjoyed some time by the water. It always relaxes me when I can hear the waves rolling into shore.

Even though the water was cold, the boys still went in. They’re die-hard swimmers that’s for sure!  Each year they become stronger and I’m so thankful for that. We have a creek in our back yard and one of my biggest fears is that they’ll fall in. I can rest a little easier now because they’re strong enough that they’ll be able to get to the bank without too much difficulty.

While we were on vacation, hubby and I got a chance to chat and we started talking about the internet and how it’s making things so much easier and less expensive. We’ve cancelled our cable and we’ve (I shouldn’t say we because hubby is the techie guy in the family :)) set up our TV system to receive everything from the internet. It’s all free.

We get movies and TV series too. We don’t have to subscribe to HBO or Showtime to get these shows. We’ve saved a little over $125.00 a month by doing this and I think this is a trend that will continue. I don’t believe this is illegal because we’re getting past seasons on the series and the movies are older. We can’t get the new seasons until the current one is through.

However, there are pirate sites out there that allow people to get goods and services for free. Hubby thinks this is going to continue and I’m wondering if he might be right. After all, even in the e-book industry there are pirate sites that allow you to download e-books for free without the permission from the author or the publisher.

 

After thinking about it for a while, I disagree with my husband on this. I don’t think the big publishers will allow this to continue.  It’s also going to make the lawyers rich as authors and publishers take this issue to the courtroom.

We’re all going to be bogged down in the legal mire of copyright law and just who can share information on the internet. I can see long drawn out legal battles. As an author, I’m anxious to see how this will be resolved.

Right now, if my book is on a pirate site, I can send a cease and desist letter and they take my book down. So far, that’s all I’ve had to do. I’m not looking forward to the day when it’s going to take more than that.

It makes me wonder what new struggling authors will do if they can’t afford legal representation. It’s an unfair position for them to be in, in my opinion.

What are your thoughts on this growing concern? Do you have any solutions to this problem? Leave a comment and share it with us! 🙂

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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8 Responses to What’s the future of the Ebook Industry?

  1. Alan Tucker says:

    I’m afraid I have to agree with your hubby on this (maybe just because I’m sticking up for our gender LOL). There will always be people willing to pirate. In many cases because they don’t believe they are doing anything wrong. The Internet has evolved giving people the impression that it’s all free and sharable. Of course it isn’t, but that’s a difficult mindset to change.

    Publishers, large or small, will not be able to trounce piracy. The movie and music industries have been trying for years and been hugely unsuccessful.

    I’m afraid there will always be pirates, however, I don’t feel it’s something to concern ourselves with. If someone gets a copy of my book without paying for it, it’s no different for me than if they borrowed it from the library or bought it from a used bookstore. I won’t see any income from it, but I might have gained a fan. If they were determined to get it without paying for it, then they probably wouldn’t have ever bought it and read it in the first place. I’ve got plenty of more important things to worry about than folks pirating my books 😉

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Alan. You’ve made a valid point and my hubby and I did discuss the music industry and he told me that quite a few musicians have resigned themselves to the fact that the only way for them to make any money is by touring. They don’t plan on making money off of CD sales. I think it’s too bad. Touring is a lot of work and so is producing an album. I feel they deserve to make a buck or two off of their music. 🙂

  2. ProteanMom says:

    I think that people will always try to pirate – laws worldwide are so different that we can’t completely squash it.

    As far as pirating, I love this perspective offered by several authors I love: these authors offer a lot of their books (earlier versions) for free download on their site. Some have even been known to say that as long as a person buys a hard copy of the book, they’re welcome to download it.

  3. Clair says:

    Hi Lisa. Found you on the SITS link up. It really is sad and shameful how many people have adopted the idea that content published on the internet is “free game.” I’m not sure why the value of honesty is easily dismissed because of the computer screen middle man. I do think it’s unfortunate for an artist (writer, musician, photographer, etc) to lose sales, but from what I’ve observed most don’t feel it’s worth the headache to legally go after the thieves. Of course, this means it will continue. I guess one has to put faith in humanity and hope that the majority of the world will honor copyright laws. Good topic of discussion!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Clair! I think you’re right. It isn’t worth the headache to pursue the legal issues, most people create their art because they love doing it. And taking time to go after thieves takes time that they’d rather spend creating their art.

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