People: Why aren’t ebooks DRM free?
Because DRM, while flawed, is better than the current offered alternative, which is *no* money.
All books get pirated now. An author recently talked about how ONE torrent had 10x more downloads than book sales. And in a study of book pirates, most are affluent.
There is a pervasive culture of entitlement it writers’ free labor and you can’t be trusted because you are bad comrades.
Well said 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿
@some_qualia "labor is entitled to all that it creates" is nearly teh opposite of capitalism
@vegetablegremlin Yeah, I'm just like... annoyance at DRM is nearly never accompanied by looking into non-profit publishers or proposals for mutual aid or communist versions of Patreon or anything like that. It's nearly all just something complaining about how inconvenient it is to have something, anything at all, in place to pay authors and other publishing workers.
@vegetablegremlin And I'm just really frustrated at this point because it's an industry with pervasive poverty wages.
@greenjon Fuck off.
@greenjon Like, seriously, publishing runs on absolute poverty wages. Authors make an average of 20k. Agents, editors, everybody but 1-2 people make sub-minimum and works more than 40.
And this is not a problem because you weren't gonna pay anyway, but you're gonna consume?
Fuck off and die.
@greenjon And take "left wing" out of your profile if you think "I was never gonna support you anyway, so it's okay if I exploit your labor" is anything but capitalism at its most entitled.
@lupine that new business model is gonna involve you voluntarily paying more, hon. But if you think what's gonna happen is you exploit labor and blame "the system," nah.
@lupine Mutual aid is not charity.
And novels aren't cars.
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