Re: the book and CD combination is an invitation to disaster for authors


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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 31, 2002 at 15:13:04:

In reply to: Re: the book and CD combination is an invitation to disaster for authors posted by maxx on October 31, 2002 at 15:00:58:

The short download time of the e-books limits piracy there.
The CD ... if it includes color, that might deter piracy as it
eliminates cheap reproduction. If there is copyright information on
every page ... that is a piracy deterrant.

I've offered the rangoli book on CD to see if that's option that
anyone wants, but so far .... all the orders have been on e-book
download and none on CD, so I'm not persuaded that people are keen on
CD's. The price of postage and disc reproduction make people choose
e-download.

The combination of a book and a disc is precisely what you'd hand to a
publisher if you wanted to pirate a book. That's what makes me so
nervous. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

If I go buy a comb binding machine, I can sell smaller books at a
reasonable price because I can bind them myself at 1/5 of what the
printer charges. You can always pull out that comb binding, save your
book as a master, and take pages to a photocopy machine. That process
is a reasonable deterrant against piracy.

 


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