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March 22, 2011


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Why is this such good news for writers?

How many people don't buy books (not in the public domain) because they found what they were looking for on Google?

On the other hand, the access afforded by this and similar services, now commonly used by the masses, which were once equally jeered by corporate media groups(You Tube, for instance), are largely responsible for the ongoing expansion of the publishing industry.

The power publishers of old are pissed because somebody else is stroking their pigeons.

There are plenty of ways to make money off book publishing in the New Century. Publishers can't fairly grab the additional profits and market-shares from new technologies (Kindle, Digital Editions, e-pub) and then cry foul when the companies developing those technologies continue in the progress yesterday heralded by the same publishers now suing them. How much money is enough to make off of one book, one author, one idea?

A more thorough assessment is required here.

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