Lately there's been a major buzz about print publications, copyright infringement, our education rate, and what role literature will have in the future. Luckily, it seems many people are acting out to insure a better tomorrow. The times have changed, so have publishers, news sources, print and digital technologies, as well as our educational systems. All of these things combined show three signs of hope for the future.
We'll Still Prefer Print in the Future.
High-Speed Digital Pursuit.
Ever since the major boom in eBook piracy, publishers have fought back with different methods of preventing the illegal distribution of their titles. Whether a digitally encrypted restriction or simply stopping Kindle and Nook users from lending books, nothing has really slowed down the illegal transfer of published works.
In the Netherlands, readers are afforded a little more freedom with their legally purchased books. Truth is, their copyright laws are extremely lax so torrent sites capitalize on their laws to share files, including eBooks.
As another strategic move to combat eBook theft, a distribution agreement between publishers and eBook distributors may insist on adding a digital watermark to every eBook that shows where it was purchased, etc. So if it ends up on a file sharing service illegally, it will be linked to you.
This relates here in the United States too. The big fear is that if you lost your eReader or let too many other people borrow it, the books with your name attached could get you in trouble, although you never personally contributed to piracy.
Personally, I'm honored if someone makes the effort to steal a copy of one of my books. Just don't let it happen to often. Grrr.
What Education & Wolverine Have in Common.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.