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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Cindy Sheehan Is Right About Hillary

...a message from Cindy Sheehan

"I would love to support Hillary for President if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it.

I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys.

62% of Americans now believe that this war is based on lies and betrayals and want our troops to start coming home. 53% of Americans want our troops to come home immediately. The last time I looked, Democrats did not comprise 62% of our population. Americans oppose this war in overwhelming numbers and it crosses party lines. Because America can see that the war in Iraq has fueled terrorism and has made the world and our country less secure. America can see that the murder of innocents is not a "right and left" issue, it is a "right and wrong" issue."

Why Cory Doctorow Gives His Books Away

“And so when Cory Doctorow makes free digital copies of his books available for download, he does so not out of any charitable instinct but because he thinks that that's his best marketing strategy. And I agree.”

This comes in the midst of a rather long post by Michael Allen all about how publishers are trying to kill the golden goose of digitized content before it even gets started by overzealous control of their copyrights. There's a recommendation of a book on the subject that-of course-you can download for free and Lawrence Lessig's name is invoked. That's when my eyes start to glaze over.

Re: Cory Doctorow and others who make their books available for free downloads. They do it because it increases name recognition without impacting the sales of the books they don't give away. Few if any readers would pay for an e-book by Doctorow or anyone else because e-books have so far been a big, fat, flop.

I have downloaded a number of free books and have noticed an interesting phenomenon that I don't believe is unique to myself. I am more excited by the idea of getting an entire book instantly than by the book's contents. Once I open that PDF file, I read a few pages and lose interest.

Doctorow makes his money from his paper books that are published by TOR. If there was any money in e-books versions of his work, he wouldn't be giving them away, you can bet on that. You only give away what you are convinced you can't sell.

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