Monday, July 30, 2012

The Five Finger Discount...

Admit it. You have, at one point, stolen something.  Be it too much change at the register, or recording songs from the radio (how could she say no to Roxette's Listen To Your Heart??). But for a publisher, thievery and piracy are assumed character flaws akin to stealing from the offering plate.

I offer now a different take on this.  Witness this article that captures the reason folks pirate books.

The summary is this...

7 Reasons People Pirate eBooks

1. “I’ve pirated electronic versions of books I already own physically.”

2. “I limit myself to pirating things that are out-of-print or otherwise unavailable through a legal digital outlet.”

3. “I’m poor and I like to read, but I can’t pirate food, so I pirate everything else.”

4. “The library rarely has the books I want to read.”

5. “I only pirate textbooks from school … They are ridiculously priced an I have a hard enough time paying tuition.”

6. “If the ebook is more expensive than the paper-version I sometimes pirate it out of annoyance.”

7. “pirating also lets me sample things i would not be willing to pay money for up front”

And I'm going to go out on a limb here.  A really thin, shaky limb.

I want you to pirate our books.  Please. Send them to everyone you know.  I beg you.
It costs us nothing. And it gets the word out. And who knows? Maybe someone will be exposed to our books and buy one who normally wouldn't. Either way, we are fulfilling our mantra of shining a spotlight on "place-based tastes".

In the South, where I was raised, there was an issue that threatened the peace of our small community many years ago.  No, it wasn't integration. It was the opening of a 24-hour laundromat. Yes, that heinous, rending act. But pastors railed from the pulpit about it.  And my grandmother, God love her, raised her logical voice to point out that folks who washed clothes there on Sunday, probably weren't that concerned with coming to church.

That's how I feel, at the end of the day.  If you feel the need to swipe an ebook from us, you probably wouldn't buy it anyway. So enjoy! And either way, let me know if you liked it.

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