The temptation when you’re looking at a topic of open publishing is to focus on the case studies of people and publishers who are making works available online for reuse, but it’s really important to take a look at the wider context within which writers, publishers and booksellers are working and related issues such as DRM and piracy (which I will also address at length in another post). You can’t consider open publishing in a vacuum, despite the temptation to focus in on just that one area, otherwise you get just a fraction of the story.
- Lesson 1: Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
- Lesson 2: Piracy is progressive taxation.
- Lesson 3: Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
- Lesson 4: Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
- Lesson 5: File sharing networks don’t threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
- Lesson 6: “Free” is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service.
- Lesson 7: There’s more than one way to do it.
Tim examines each of these lessons in detail, but rather than attempt a summary, I recommend that you go and read his post and get it straight from the horse’s mouth.