Friday, 27 March 2009

The eBook Issue

I can't figure out how to embed this so here's the link...Pay the Writer


Anonymous said...

Do you remember when Harlan Ellison was full of enthusiasm for IDEAS and other writers? Instead of telling us who he's suing next...

So you're ok with someone downloading your out-of-print work, provided they give you, say £5, at your next signing?

Ben Aaronovitch said...

You know I honestly don't know how I feel about it. It took me the better part of 6 months to write Transit and similar amount of time to write the Also People. Writing is hard work and had I known that they were just going to end up as glorified fanfiction to be downloaded for free I wouldn't have bothered.

So knock yourself out but when people stop writing don't come crying to me.

Jack said...

it is a complicated issue with these Virgin books bec-I think some people object to paying £10+ on ebay for the rarer ones (glorified 2nd hand books) rather than just being greedy like in those Ellison videos

Suggestion-maybe you could put a paypal thing up on the page and people could give you donations, kind of like a "Thanks for the NAs, and parts of the Cartmel Masterplan Ben!"

Jack P