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Feb. 9th, 2012 05:21 pm
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There is this very interesting pdf everyone who loves books should read. It’s not only about an author telling us the truth about copyright and creative process, but also about piracy and the advantage if Creative Commons licensing. It’s called The problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity. Many artists, writers believe copyright was made to protect their income, which it never was to begin with. But the market is changing and it is a good idea to know how to promote yourself. It’s worth a read if you like reading, but I wish even more that writers would read this and at least try to look at copyright from another perspective.

Also, someone did a nice write-up about ebook pricing and the stupidity behind it. I totally agree that as long as there is a used book market, ebook pricing will have to compete with it to a certain extend. After all I don’t even really own a copy when I license an ebook for my kindle. The industry has to learn what their own products are before they try to keep the prices unreasonable.


And sadly romance is still heterosexual romance by default. At least for some people.
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 Mostly I’m having fun using sites like goodreads to browse for books that I would never even hear about of I just went shopping for books in stores, on amazon or browse for them at the library. 

It’s the readers who make me check out books that I would never pick up without their reviews their list and shelves. Recently though there were a few discussions of authors flipping out at “bad reviews” - and as far as I can see on goodreads authors seem to think anything less than four stars is bad. Which it really isn’t - depending on how you use the system. And everyone uses it differently anyway, so as a reader I’m not really put off by people who may or may not have different taste in book than me.

But the talk about books - good or bad or just slightly critical - is what makes me want to read a book.

There has been discussion of writers going against reviewers and basically putting their foot in their mouth. In my opinion these writers don’t udnertsand what the writer/reader-relationship is or should be. [personal profile] cleolinda wrote about it here and there is great post about “The reader-author paradigm” here.  

I understand: Everyone can get defensive about their own work, but believing that putting out a work to the public might not create different views about said work is just naive. Everyone who studies literature will agree that there is always more than one reading to a text - and when the text is out, it’s out and it’s not the work of the author to interpret for us when it is. Interpreting and criticizing is done by the readers.

You want people to read you book? Then keep in mind you can’t police what they think or say about it when they have done so.
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It seems Amazon is frocing goodreads to pull all the information they have optained through amazon sites. It will be gone at the end of January. Most people don't even know about it, because there was an announcment only in the Librarian forum, but books might vanish from their shelves, renamed to "unamed book by unnamed author" or merged which whatever edition goodreads seems necessary...

I understand goodreads might be legally tied to not talk about the agreements with amazon, but that can't explain why they don't inform their customers better!!!

I've been annoyed for some time by their attitude to announce important stuff in forum posts... There isn't even an offical news site or blog or anything. That's just supid.

Now as someone who has shelved books in languages that are not English, I'm also again faced with the prevalent Americanism of both goodreads and the user base.

There is a lot about the site I thought was usefull for me. I did use it to track my own reading, to rate and review. But due to their not having forseen that users need more than one read date the data part is mostly incorrect for me by now, the adds and pop-ups (especially for facebook crossposting and stuff) get on my nerves and now international readers have the right to feel ignore again.

Maybe I should just make a read list on the blog and pull all my information on goodreads. *sigh* I'll make an improt of my data now to be on the save side and recommend to everyone to do the same...

If you want to make the effort to rescue as many book entries as possible for you shelf you can go to the "books at risk" site.

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