Writers who don't know how to read

Found this blog post, BN E-Reader Nook is bad for authors, by Michelle Richmond.

She reads one little blurb about BN's ebook reader the Nook allowing users to share their ebook and she wrote this:

"Which means that authors, like musicians, will have no way to protect their intellectual property from being distributed ad infinitum, without compensation."

The problem with her statement is that the Nook allows you to share a book ONE time for 14 days with someone else that has a Nook reader or uses the BN Reader software.

I can loan a paper book unlimited times or at least until it wears out. The ability to loan a book one time to someone else is hardly going to destroy the book world.

If Ms. Richmond would have just done the smallest bit of reading she would have found out that her remarks were wrong.

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Grammar Nazi

Grammar Nazi from the Urban Dictionary

A captious individual who cannot resist the urge to correct a spelling and/or grammar mistake even in informal settings. After pointing out the linguistic shortcomings in others, a Grammar Nazi feels a strange sense of twisted and unconstructive intelligentsia delight.

In reality, they are making someone else feel bad for no reason and unintentionally implying that their "superior" grammar skills are all they have to show for a wasted liberal arts education.

While proper grammar usage is all well and good, a Grammar Nazi cavils even insignificant errors in English to somehow win an argument. Of course, rather than being genuinely persuasive in an argument, pointing out English errors is a weak attack only on the typist's credibility and never has any bearing on the underlying premises and assertions therein.

In other words, this is simply a disguised ad hominem argument which intelligent and logical people disregard.

Still, one should strive to spell and use words properly, but arrogant and unsolicited advice is not a very persuasive way to teach English.

Nook

>The Nook sharing capabilities mean that a book can be sent to anyone.

"Anyone" being the small subset of people who have a Nook or someone that is willing to download software and read the book on a laptop or PDA.

>BN is also trying to make the sharing capabilities unlimited; while a book may only be lent to one person at a time, it may be lent an unlimited number of times.

Currently the lending is not unlimited and I think pressure from publishers will keep the Nook books from having an unlimited lending feature. Some brave publishers may decide to go with unlimited lending but it is their content so if they want to do it, it is up to them.

>One ebook user bragged about having never purchased an ebook; her book club members share their books with one another for free.

I don't see where the post I linked to had this mention of the book clubs. Where are you looking? I did see an article the other day about some women that had purchased Kindles and they linked them to the same user account so that they could all read the books in the pool of books they purchased. So they may have been sharing the books but they were not free. Each book had to be purchased to get the book into their buying pool. Actually it seems that the women created their own digital library. We all know that libraries are bad because they buy books and share them.

PDAs

You've found somebody actually making personal digital assistants NOT tethered to cellular telephone service? Everything that Palm made prior to the Pre has been declared "End of Life". When I've been out hunting for a replacement to the much-lamented Palm T|X, I've only found incredulous staff at the more specialized retail outlets when I've inquired.

The only PDAs out there on the main consumer market these days are smartphones. That is a narrower subset of PDA's definition than where things stood even two years ago. When you look at the total cost of owning a smartphone over the course of a contract term in the US these days...such is restricted to those with disposable income.
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PDA

Here are PDAs that can be purchased new today at Amazon.com:

HP iPAQ 111
HP iPAQ 211 Enterprise Handheld
Palm TX Handheld
iPod Touch

You can get software at eReader.com to read books on all the devices listed above. eReader.com is owned by Barnes and Nobles.

While it's true that you can

While it's true that you can loan a physical book as many times as you want, the costs and inconveniences of shipping mean that you probably only lend your books to people who live nearby. The Nook sharing capabilities mean that a book can be sent to anyone. BN is also trying to make the sharing capabilities unlimited; while a book may only be lent to one person at a time, it may be lent an unlimited number of times. If you had read the post completely, you might have also noticed that publishing houses are opposed to the sharing feature, and some have said they will not allow their books to be featured on Nook. One ebook user bragged about having never purchased an ebook; her book club members share their books with one another for free.

By the way, the grammatically correct title for this post would be "Writers who don't know how to read." Basic freshman composition: objects are followed by "that," people by "who."

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