Piracy: The Mortal Threat! (Roundtable: 01/21/10)

#DBW RoundtableThe Roundtable is a live, interactive webcast gathering some of the most outspoken industry professionals to debate the hottest publishing issues of the week, as being discussed in traditional media, the blogiverse and on Twitter. From celebrity book deals to eBook rights and pricing to [insert YOUR pet topic here] — if it’s related to books, it’s on the agenda.

Topic: Piracy: The Mortal Threat!

This episode of The Roundtable was webcast live at 1pm EST on January, 21, 2010.

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Laura Dawson, Publishing Industry Consultant
Kate Rados, Dir. of Digital Initiatives, Chelsea Green
Bridget Warren, Former Co-Owner, Vertigo Books

Special Guest:

Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media

Moderated by
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Dir. of Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World


The Attributor Study
‐‐> $3 billion in sales lost to online book piracy

Piracy: a big tent
‐‐> Brian O’Leary: The right answer is, “We don’t know, and we should find out.”

The Verso Study
‐‐> Over 28% of e‐reader owners have used unregulated file‐sharing services.

Are Libraries the Real Enemy?
‐‐> Over 2 billion books were “loaned” last year by a cabal of organizations found in nearly every
American city and town.

Tim O’Reilly vs. Nicole Peeler
‐‐> Tim: “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.”
‐‐> Nicole: “It means that debut novels that you enjoyed won’t be followed up by a second or a third book in the series.”


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