Ars article about ebooks industry. I like to read and I think ebooks is a cheaper alternatives to conventional printed books. Plus ebooks are enviromental friendly.
Article about piracy:
From Tim O’reilly, we got few articles.
The Spore DRM Disaster. From readwriteweb and Tim O’Reilly.
I get a lot of thinking about this piracy things, both from consumer or producer point of view. That’s what I think:
- Piracy is indeed a crime. But publisher can think that as business risk and advertisement. Seems absurd, but think about it, people don’t pirate obsecure books, they pirate popular ones, and think it as massive free samples with a hope that few percent from those pirates go to buy legitimate copy. However, business won’t run with hope right? They need money.
- In Indonesia and other developing countries, people pirate things because the legitimate copy is either too expensive or too obsecure. I will go to teather for 15 thousand, but why buying the same legal DVD cost me ten times more? This is absurd business system. And then the problem with my interest on old movies. It is easier to find it in Glodok than Disc Tara, par example.
- In US and other developed country however, piracy happens because buying legitimate digital copy are harder than their pirated counterparts. Now, this what I called absurd.
- Root for this trouble is Company itself, why price of one CD and price for download online music is about the same? Shouldn’t digital copy be cheaper? there are no distributin cost, per CD cost, only bandwidth cost, or in physical digital store (I find this phrase oxymoron) no cost at all. Those greedy bastards need to change the way they do business.
- For software, I think they need to give special discounted price for their software license in this country. Offering the same price in developing countries and developed countries leads to major scale piracy, we simply can’t afford it. I say software price at 2-5 times more expensive than their illegal copies in Glodok lead to more sales than BSA threat. Exception for enterprise software. But this is another matter for now.
- Those stupid pirates store in Glodok need to learn one or two things about Linux. People won’t buy Linux if cost 150thousand when you can take it for free in Internet and only 40 thousand rupiah (or less) in official Linux store. In Ubuntu case, you can order the CD at no cost. Illegal copies that more expensive than its legal counterparts? This is absurd.
- Legal ebooks in Indonesia? Not in foreseeable future. Gigapedia here I come.
- Book publisher need to find cheaper way to sell International books in their bookstore. Few hundred thousand for a international book compared to their cheaper translated counterpart, it’s absurd. Paper price in Indonesia is cheaper than in US, book publisher need use those to their advantage and reduce international book price by reprint it in Indonesia instead of importing directly from US.
- Elexmedia and other comics publisher need to find a way too increase release speed for their comic translation, or potential consumer ended up downloading scanlation version of their comics.
- There are few business model I think for reducing game piracy, but we’ll talk about it later.
- There are also few opinions about piracy, but for now just this.
Fiuh… that’s all for today.