Massive collection on dating ebook collection
Sooner or later the readers will catch up to paper, and by then, well, we may see a 4 TB file called “10,000,000 EBooks About Everything” on the file-sharing networks, and it won’t even take an objectionable chunk of our 80 TB hard drives.
Reading without doubt is one of the best form of learning.
Ebook-related items have been gathering in my notefile lately, and this is a good time to begin spilling them out where we can all see them.
The triggering incident was a note from the Jolly Pirate, telling me that one of my SF stories was present in a zipfile pirate ebook anthology that he had downloaded via Bit Torrent. The Jolly Pirate said that he had downloaded it in just under three hours.
(I wrote the story with Nancy Kress, who is listed as sole author.) The only significant authors I looked for but did not find were George O. (“Borovsky” was never released in ebook form.) Some short comments: This last item is key.
A printed book is a worst-case challenge for an ebook pirate.
Also these books pack a great deal of information and resources, so be sure to tell your friends, colleagues, or anyone else you think may benefit from this material.
If ebook piracy is not yet a big deal, it isn’t because it’s difficult.
No, what induced a double-take was the name of the pirate anthology: “10,000 Sci Fi and Fantasy Ebooks.” 10,000? Not all are book length, and many, in fact, are short stories. The damned thing has evidently been kicking around for at least seven years, if perhaps not in its full 4 GB glory.