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A few days ago, I learned that one of the devotional anthologies published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina had been pirated. Digital copies of Guardian of the Road: A Devotional Anthology in Honor Hermes were being offered -- without BA's consent or knowledge -- through an occult website in exchange for a "donation." The proprietor of the site boasted that he legally purchased the books from Amazon, then converted them into .pdfs to give to anyone who wanted them. And he was open to suggestions as to other books which should be made available through his "catalog."

I immediately emailed the proprietor, identified myself as the editor-in-chief of BA, and ordered him to cease and desist, and remove Guardian of the Road from his site. He responded relatively quickly with a note that the book had been taken down. He then followed that up with a rude demand that I prove that I was, in fact, who I said I was. I put on my Snark Hat, asked if he would prefer my birth certificate or my social security card, and then advised him to take down the entire site immediately, as word of his illegal actions were spreading quickly through the Pagan community. (Us Pagan and polytheist and magickal authors? Yeah, we talk to each other.)

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  • Jön Upsal's Gardener
    Jön Upsal's Gardener says #
    For once, Gus and I agree wholeheartedly on something. Well done indeed.
  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    Well done.
  • Soli
    Soli says #
    I suspect there may be a certain type of gallows humor for someone stealing something created in honor of a patron of thieves.

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As an admitted bibliophile, it took me a surprising amount of time to jump on the e-reader bandwagon. I finally gave in when I realized that 1) in many cases, the digital book is much cheaper than the print edition; 2) there are a lot of small press and self-published authors who release only digital editions of their books; and 3) there is simply no more room in the house of more bookcases. None.

So, I plopped down my hard-earned cash and bought myself a nook. I take the darn thing with me everywhere. It's a complete library in my pocket, offering immediate access to not only my favorite authors -- but also authors new-to-me.

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  • helmsman of inepu
    helmsman of inepu says #
    I got the large Nook HD+ about a year ago, and it's a handy reading device (I use it to watch downloads of retro anime too). Curr
  • Piper
    Piper says #
    Yes, I do have overdrive, I am trying to get new libraries added, I cheated and used my dad's address to get a card from my home t
  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    Piper: I haven't tried Scribd yet. Do you have the Overdrive app? Depending on the digital books available through your local libr
  • Piper
    Piper says #
    YES! thanks for the pointers to new books. I do hit Amazon and some of the other sites, smashwords, nook, play books, looking for
  • Connie Lazenby
    Connie Lazenby says #
    I loved your post. It's the same path I've followed. It can get expensive, depending on just how many new authors you find you lik

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The rise in print-on-demand publishers and the increasing popularity of ereaders has led to an explosion the last few years in self-publishing. Anyone -- so the story goes -- can write their magnum opus, print it through CreateSpace or Lulu or CafePress or publish it through SmashWords or Kindle Direct Publishing and have any instant bestseller. Money in the bank!

Uh, no. That is not actually how it works. 

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    @Francesca: thanks for the link!
  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    @Thomas: Yep. *nod* I love science fiction romance, but books in that subgenre are not well categorized at Amazon, Barnes and Nobl
  • Thomas Stevens
    Thomas Stevens says #
    Couldn't agree more. The cover is much more important than a great number of first time authors think. Even if you don't want to j
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Rebecca, Guiding pagan writers about self-publishing, marketing, etc is important support, good for you! In aug, I addressed a maj
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Gods, that sounds like a lot of work...in addition to your mundane job(s). My hats off to all of you who are competent authors.

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