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  Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   Easy to say when you titles have a 6 month shelf life
Date:   2002-12-13 00:30:21
From:   anonymous2
Tim,


It is easy for you to talk about how copying and wide distribution helps increase awareness and does not cause a significant hit to your bottom line when your catalog of titles is composed primarily of technical reference books and pop-culture-meme du jour that are the literary equivalent of yogurt. You live or die by moving a lot of volume quickly and need to make sure that everyone knows what you are pushing this week, this is not the standard publishing model. Let's see you convince one of _your_ peers that online copying of their works is a good idea, it would make your argument more convincing if someone from a publishing house that distributed a book that had multiple print runs over a five or ten year period would validate your conjecture. Online "maintenance" updates and collections are viable for technical subjects and reference works (particulary in fast-moving fields such as the ones you cater to) but I doubt that it is going to keep many poets fed or let truly creative people keep a roof over their head.


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