David Beer offers a thoughtful post on file sharing – music and books.

Thinking culture

Stuart Elden has just posted a couple of short pieces that both reflect on the problems of free downloading in publishing. The first uses music downloading as a starting point, and the second responds to some criticisms of a specific publisher. Both pieces reflect briefly on some of the problems that are created by the uploading of PDFs of entire books (this follows on from an earlier post about publishing models). The main point is that the free sharing of books might be damaging for publishing because it might prevent publishers from covering their costs. The result is that the type of stuff getting published might be limited. I suppose it might also make publishers more wary of taking risks as they attempt to manage tighter budgets etc. I noticed a little while ago that there is now a PDF of my new media book circulating.

I thought I’d just…

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