[access-uk] Re: Ethics of book sharing services

Authors don't usually have any say in the distribution or packaging of their 
work, once the author has signed the dotted line the publisher retains all 
rights to the work and it's distribution including sub-licensing the work to 
other publishers.  Publishers therefore frequently but not always the 
barrier in these cases.

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
Technical Support
www.sightandsound.co.uk

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "kevin and emma" <kream@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 10:33 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Ethics of book sharing services


agreed. if the authors/publishers etc aren't willing to make such
publications available to us, then i've no sympathy for them not getting any
profit from the methods we use to gain such access.
kevin - co-owner/moderator of the blind gamers discussion list.
email/msn: kream@xxxxxxxxxxxx
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Damon" <damon.rose@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 6:03 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Ethics of book sharing services


> Andrew ... if the publishers can't be bothered to make commercial versions
> of the books available to us in accessible formats, then they're not going
> to get any profit from us.  It's their own fault. They'd rather
characterise
> us as a problem than come up with an accessible solution it seems.
>
> I'd dearly love to be able to buy books from my favourite authors and have
> them benefit as a result of my purchase ... and hence encourage them to
> write more books.
>
> Until businesses stop seeing disabled peple as a problem and start seeing
us
> as a market, and as important, then the ethics of what we're doing to gain
> access to books is something of a side issue.  We can only conclude they
are
> happy with the status quo and are perfectly happy to tolerate what we're
> doing and they'd rather not have our money.
>
> I find it bizarre.
>
> ...Damon
>
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 5:53 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Ethics of book sharing services
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Ok, recent discussion has prompted me to post these questions which I
> wouldn't have necessairly posted, but had thought about when hearing of
> Bookshare et al.
>
> With Bookshare, you pay a flat fee each year to subscribe to the
> service, which according to interviews with representatives from
> Bookshare etc, they describe it as like a Napster service, but the books
> are all on the Bookshare servers.
>
> However, with this set-up, does the original author of the
> book/publisher etc get anything back?  How do the publishers let these
> books go onto the site, being that they may not see any of the money?
> Furthermore, baring in mind book sales etc, when we download a book from
> Bookshare or another similar service, this does not go to the tally of
> the author, and so the books we read aren't added to the sales figures.
> Yes, this last bit is a bit weak, because sighted people pass books
> around etc.  However, I am just wondering what actually happens?
>
> Discuss.
> Andrew.
>
>
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