Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
Some interesting articles came my way today that I thought were worth sharing about the business of e-book publishing and online networking. And also some good music to share too.
Christi at Novel Conclusions had an interesting post today: DRM or Do I Really Own My e-Books? She addressed it from the consumer side: how tough it is to loan books to friends, how easy it is lose or be locked out of your library, and all the big data tracking behind the scenes.
Here’s my response to this. I think the best thing that could ever happen to me is that someone could steal my book, and it would go viral. DRM is an outdated mindset. If your book is all the rage, lots of people will buy it out of convenience. iTunes has higher consistent profits than any other online media retailer. Sure, I can go listen to a song on Youtube, but then I go buy it and make it mine. The artist didn’t lose money because there was a free version on the internet. He actually made money because of it.
As for all the consumer reports tracking Amazon, B&N, and other companies are doing, it is scary. Buy you need to remember that Kindles, Nooks, and the like are personal storefronts we buy and carry around with us in order to spend more money. As consumers, our ability to spend money is unlimited. 24/7/365, there is someone out there willing to charge that card.
Mandy Eve Barnett also had some great thoughts today about Rumors – Good or Bad? She discusses how we need to be aware of how we present ourselves online, which includes who we are cyber friends with. She discusses rumors, gossips, and negative feedback. Mandy also has some thoughts about authors using pen names.
And now for my take on things. We certainly judge people by the company they keep. It is awkward, especially as I am relatively new to WP. I don’t want to be responsible for every post someone else has written, and I don’t want a second job doing “background checks” on people. But I shouldn’t fool myself by saying that perceptions of my associates won’t rub off on me.
However, I do think it is important to be authentic. If you feel strongly about something, it is better to share it. Sure, you may lose a few people, but I think you will gain many more by standing for something. Everything to everyone blandness won’t work in the long run.
Pen names are like different brands offered by the same author. It makes me giggle when I read some of the pen names by different authors and how they came up with them. Here’s a fun link to some classic ones.
Also, Smoke and Jackel “No Tell” is pretty freakin’ awesome.