Insisting on open standards all the time is as absurd as insisting on proprietary standards all the time.
In some cases one manner is going to provide the best return on investment and in other cases the other will. Yes, sometimes propitiatory software IS cheaper than OSS, when you measure expense by more variables than immediate license costs.
As some above noted, I'm guessing that many of the top e-book authors skew younger. Still, it's quite shocking that the sales numbers are THAT good.
The Amanda woman reminds me of Dane Cook in a strange way. He was the first comic to use the internet to promote himself. Seems Amanda and other e-authors are doing the same thing.
While the e-revolution (e-volution?) provides a huge opportunity, it seems it's mostly accessible to authors who promote themselves and have younger audiences.
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Government officials switch between taking money in public and private enterprises all the time. I'd like to think that at least SOME of them are honest.
They need people who've worked in the industry to be qualified to create policy. I mean how often has it been said that we need more technically competent government officials for making rulings on things like software patents, IP law, etc. You're not gonna find life-long bureaucrats wtih those skills!
"Still, it kind of makes you wonder what the producers of The Expendables are thinking...To get a tiny group of folks who downloaded the movie to pay a few thousand dollars -- a large chunk of which just goes to the lawyers? That's not exactly a brilliant business strategy."
I agree, it's wrong-headed, but can this move be THAT surprising? Of course people clueless about how online movie pirating works are going to pay lawyers to try to suppress it. It's not going to work, but they don't know that.
Rather than act shocked and surprised when movie studios go after online pirates, a better solution might be to educated them on how/why piracy works. If they had knowledge, they wouldn't try these worthless approaches.