The UK Society of Authors purports that internet book piracy will cause authors to stop writing.
Tracy Chevalier, chair of the writers association and author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, does have a better point when she references cookbooks and other types of books you “dip in and out of,” such as cookbooks, poetry and travel guides. It is easy to go online for a single recipe rather than seeking out a cookbook to purchase. However, I will still buy a cookbook full of recipes I like without thinking, hm, I could probably find this info online.
This seems absurd to me. Just as musicians must still make music, artists must still create, writers must write. Or at least that’s what I’m told. My husband certainly believes that no matter what (he’s not usually getting paid for his mixed-media sculptures yet), he’ll always be creating.
Other industries have faced the influence of the internet before now. The music industry did not handle the change well, but the musicians are hardly broke and begging (Heard of Radiohead, anyone?). The television and film industry addressed its writers getting paid for online distribution this winter.
Maybe the move to online books is happening more quickly in England than here.
Also, perhaps it’s because I’m naive, but I’m not aware of book piracy online; I’m certainly not aware of it being rampant.
I’ve written before about how e-books don’t yet quite work for me.
I was glad to read this response from TechCrunch: “While online content and E-Book readers are changing the book game, there will always be a market for books.” I agree, at least in the foreseeable future.
[TechCrunch referenced an article in the Times.]