First and foremost: yay for Persuasion fans!
Second: I’m disgruntled and disillusioned by the authors who continue to post over at Dear Author on Jane’s post about readers’ copyright rights, redirecting the conversation to piracy, which wasn’t the point of the post. And by redirecting, they seem to be tacitly saying that it was okay for people to call Shayna Englin a thief, and to not recognize that multi-device use of Kindle accounts that complied with the terms of service were neither theft, piracy, nor deceptive, dishonest or a slippery slope toward piracy.
Piracy is wrong. It is stealing. Here’s the thing: I don’t believe that every download of a pirated book is a lost sale to the author; the vast majority of people who pirate would NEVER have purchased a legal copy, electronic or otherwise. And likening ebook readers who want to share (compliant with the TOS of Kindle or Nook or whatever provider) to pirates is insulting and alienating.
It’s enough to make me give up buying anything new.
And the treacly call for a united front to combat piracy…I’m not sure that readers and authors can or should present a united front. Readers can help combat piracy, sure, but readers’ interests in the share-ability or transfer of books and ebooks are different from those of authors.
Third: holy god, I read a teaser sample of an ebook last week that was horrendous. In the sample, which contained one short story and part of a second and was probably the equivalent of 10 printed pages, I noticed the following:
- a boarder between Texas and New Mexico (hmm, really, not a border?)
- a burm (instead of berm)
- who’s for whose (completely different parts of speech!)
- you for your
- utter lack of direct address commas
- lack of commas to signal/separate clauses
The scary thing was that this was a compilation of a bunch of previously-released short stories. So despite two opportunities for an editor to catch any of these spelling and grammar errors, they still made it to the final, published version. Which makes me wonder: did anyone edit this? If they did, what must the original submission have looked like?
A sample like this is NOT going to sell ebooks. [No, I didn’t buy the book to finish reading it.]
Beyond that, I downloaded this sample because of a review that gave the anthology a good grade. There was *no* mention of the sloppiness, which makes me wonder about how reliable this reviewer is, in terms of matching her taste to mine.
Last and not least, just to see if anyone is paying attention: K.A. Mitchell’s Collision Course is out in trade paperback. In honor of the release and one of the accident-prone heroes, the first person (located in USA or Canada, pls) to comment including their klutziest moment ever will get a copy of the book.
(Anti-FTC warning: any book mentioned in this post was purchased by me, or sampled via the Amazon TOS, or borrowed from the library. The book I’m giving away will be purchased via an online bookseller and shipped directly.)
Also, because I watched the Root/Hinds version of Persuasion this past weekend: A viscountess, she is a viscountess!