The Publishing Industry: Now Officially As Screwed as the Music, Film and Newspaper Industries

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05/12/2009 3:20 PM |

f206/1242154230-kindle.jpgMotoko Rich reports that authors and the people who publish them are outraged — outraged! — at the proliferation of unauthorized electronic editions of new books, for to read on the Kindle (pictured) and the Reader and the Book-o-Matic 3000 and The Literator and various other digital reading tools.

Given that “getting with the digital revolution” was apparently the future (such as it is) of literacy and its related industries, these are some very tough titties indeed.

Of course, if one were extremely glib and found it hard to read long sections of prose on a digital display screen, thus making one rather wary of the whole e-Book thing in the first place, one might argue (as several quoted authors and editors do) that a) Holy crap does this mean people want to read books?, and b) in the past when a social networking site let you browse or obtain books for free it was called a “library.”

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