The Day I Got Napsterized

from the theory-vs.-reality dept

It’s always fun to see when someone makes a theoretical argument, but then has to deal with the realities of the situation. That’s what happened to writer Steven Levy, who felt that the internet was a good means of distribution of content… until he found his own books available for free online. He explains what happened, and his reaction to it – which isn’t angry, but brings up some questions. Conceptually he understands why the internet is a good distribution mechanism, but at the same time he wants to get paid for his work. Of course what would be more interesting is seeing whether or not the free version helped or hurt sales, but I guess that’s more difficult to determine.

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