Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New York Times op-ed: "The Kindle Swindle?"

Today's New York Times has an op-ed piece by Roy Blount, Jr., president of the Authors Guild, entitled The Kindle Swindle?

The Authors Guild has also put up a web page with demos of the Kindle's text-to-speech (TTS) feature here.

Oh, and by the way, not on this topic, but I occassionally do op-eds myself for major Canadian newspapers. An op-ed piece is an opinion piece or essay that appears opposite the editorial in a newspaper — it's a featured opinion piece by someone other than the newspaper's staff editorial writer. I've been commissioned to do op-ed pieces by both The Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) and The Ottawa Citizen (the largest-circulation newspaper in Canada's capital city):
The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At February 26, 2009 12:50 PM , Blogger Joe Miklovic said...

Mr. Blount needs to get a new job. It seems to me like he’s trying to find a new way to fleece the consumer. As a consumer, I’m tired of getting ripped off by the publishing industry. $30 for a new book? Give me a break. I can’t afford that kind of hobby…it would cost me $900 a year if it wasn’t for the public library. Everyone wants to be a millionaire overnight, especially at the cost of the working slobs and the consumers. Give me a break Mr. Blount.
-joe miklovic

At February 26, 2009 1:18 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Joe, I suggest you Google (without the quotes) "black wednesday publishing" to get a reality check on the health of the publishing industry, and you might learn a thing or two by reading How much Do Novelists Make?

We're not talking about people wanting to become overnight millionaires, we're talking about hard-working folk who are trying to put food on their tables.

"Everyone is entitled to an informed opionion." -- Harlan Ellison

At February 26, 2009 1:30 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

All three parts of the "How Much Do Novelists Make?" discussion can be accessed easily here.


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