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"Not everyone believes, as I do, that the writing life is endangered by the downward pressure of e-book pricing, by the relentless, ongoing erosion of copyright protection, by the scorched-earth capitalism of companies like Google and Amazon, by spineless publishers who won’t stand up to them, by the “information wants to be free” crowd who believe that art should be cheap or free and treated as a commodity, by internet search engines who are all too happy to direct people to on-line sites that sell pirated (read “stolen”) books, and even by militant librarians who see no reason why they shouldn’t be able to “lend” our e-books without restriction. But those of us who are alarmed by these trends have a duty, I think, to defend and protect the writing life that’s been good to us, not just on behalf of younger writers who will not have our advantages if we don’t, but also on behalf of readers, whose imaginative lives will be diminished if authorship becomes untenable as a profession."  - Richard Russo


What the hell Russo.  Also, while I think Amazon is the WalMart of the internet, if you have such a problem with them DON'T SELL THROUGH THEM.  Get together with your other well published friends and stop selling through Amazon, enough of their money makers do this they'll notice.  And our desire to "lend [...] ebooks without restriction" is more a this DRM is batshit insane (and largely useless), the books are barely affordable, and hurts everyone by limiting discovery.  We're willing to pay highly for books if they come with unlimited access, or we want to pay a reasonable price for a copy that is treated exactly the same as a print book.