Authors angered after NPR advises their followers to pirate books

Mar 29, 2020 20:00

Dear @NPR - uhh hey hi THIS IS A PIRATE WEBSITE. It’s not legit! WTF are you doing?!
- Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 28, 2020

As there seem to be a lot of people confused about this - an website giving away people’s books for free is not a library even if it calls itself one. It isn’t even *like* a library. Libraries *pay* for their books.
- Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 29, 2020
  • In a now deleted Tweet NPR suggested that those unable to go to the library check out the Internet Archive which operates the site Open Library dedicated to scanning books and making them available to its members
  • However as Chuck Wendig pointed out the Open Library, in addition to sharing books in the public domain, have also scanned copies of books where the copyright is still active
  • When readers attacked Wendig for being upset that material was being stolen other authors stepped up to explain how libraries boost sales, how the author retains copyright for books that have fallen out of print or are even published before 2000 (op note: JFC) and how most authors, even semi-famous published ones, are broke so you probably should try to pay for their books

And used bookstores are useful because even if I don't see a dollar from that sale, it helps maintain the book ecosystem. Same with remainders. Same with library sales, it supports the library ensuring it can maintain its collection.
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia (@silviamg) March 29, 2020

Ah, Novelists Don't Make Nearly As Much Money As Some People Think They Do Day comes round earlier every year.
- Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) March 29, 2020

As I have been informed that being an author who would like to sell books is now being an “idea landlord” I will now give away many of my ideas for free.
- Kingfisher & Wombat (@UrsulaV) March 29, 2020

As I said.
- Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) March 29, 2020

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