Posted on August 6, 2012
Filed Under Books, Immanion Press, publishing |
I got a Google alert recently that showed that one of my books was available for free download on a site. I checked it out. I never put the book on that site and my publisher didn’t either. So I sent them a DMCA takedown notice. Hopefully that will resolve the problem, at least temporarily. It’s a good thing that I had an alert in place, because I doubt I’d find out otherwise. When I posted about this on some social networks, one person asked why I was concerned.
I’m concerned because I’m the author of that book. I spent who knows how many hours researching, experimenting, writing, and revising that book. And honestly, I’m not going to get a lot of compensation for the book. I’m writing for a niche audience within a niche audience. I get royalties and if I’m selling the book directly, I might make a bit more money then if the book is sold through Amazon or a bookstore, but either way I’m still not making a lot. But you know what? I want to be compensated for my hard work and effort. I want to get paid, even if its not a lot, for the writing I’ve done. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.
I know…some people will say: “Information wants to be free!” It’s amazing how they have ascribed a desire to information, but as far as I know information doesn’t give a flying fig about whether its free or not. Me, on the other hand…I care about the information I’ve compiled and written and put together and since I consider it to be my information, I can safely it doesn’t want to be free. If it wants anything, it wants proper respect given to it and to the labors of someone who’s worked to produce it.
I don’t have a problem with Fair Use or a person quoting me (I do like proper attribution though!). I don’t have a problem with a person writing about his/her experiences with my ideas and techniques. But I do have a problem when I see a site that offers a free download of my writing. My effort, my creation, my books deserve more respect. And its that same respect that I give every time I buy a book, quote and cite it, and for that matter review it, so others can get my take on it. That’s why it concerns me…that’s why it matters.