Calling all users of Amazon's Kindle product: WATCH THIS VIDEO

  • SFGeoNinja

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    Dec 03, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    Highly acclaimed author Sherman Alexie goes head to head with Stephen Colbert on the imperialism behind Amazon's new Kindle product that seeks to digitize the book industry.

    What do you guys think about books going digital through Kindle and other devices we've yet to see? I can see two sides to this. On the one hand, there is an advantage in digitizing books by making them easily transferable like PDF documents. If the devices and book licenses are made affordable, this could solve the problem of expensive textbooks for college students and make the traditional course reader obsolete.

    On the other hand, Alexie may have a point in that the digitization of books could do even greater damage to writers and bookstores than file-sharing did to the music industry. What would be the purpose of a bookstore if its entire inventory was available digitally? There is also the issue of replacing a relatively inexpensive object like a book (most popular books cost less than $30) with an expensive electronic device that is probably never going to be available to most people, especially to more disadvantaged communities that would probably benefit most from lower-cost books.

    Let's get the ball rolling....icon_biggrin.gif

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    Dec 03, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    I have a book published and on Amazon, and get emails encouraging me to offer it on Kindle. However, they only pay 33% of the sale price. And once you do it, you are allowing them to offer it many many other future ways, some where I may not get paid.

    I am against this unless strict rules and safety measures prevent our work from being easily shared for free, and THEY PAY THE AUTHORS MORE.