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February 19, 2008


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Nancy J

Three cheers! Each victory is soul enhancing (and financially enhancing as well.)

Deborah Robson

Indeed. The amount of money involved for each book-not-sold is not much, but everyone involved in publishing depends on the "not much" for each single book that adds up over multiple books until it's enough to pay some bills.

I am *thrilled* when libraries buy books and people use them through those channels! I like finding our books in libraries a whole lot. And I love the reviews Nomad's books get in Library Journal. Librarians know what's out there and don't offer their praise (and purchasing dollars) lightly.


Hurray! I'm so glad to hear this is a situation where the good people are succeeding against those whose ethics aren't up to snuff. I find this sort of thing very troubling, and I'm glad to see your success. Now, about those other 240 things...

Kristi aka fiberfool

Yeah!!!!! Thanks Picassa for taking this seriously! Thanks to the blogger who tracked stuff down! Thanks Deb and all the other authors and/or publishers who are doing what they can to make a dent in copyright infringement on the Internet!


Hooray! What a [momentary] relief!

Jo Wolynska

Hi, I was watching the debate from the other side of the fence - I'm from Poland and have seen the Picasa galleries with scans, as they are plentiful and from all around the world. I enjoyed them. Why? First and foremost, because the stuff scanned is not available in Poland. There are no libraries where I can borrow an English knitting book, there are no bookshops selling the knitting magazines from all over the world, so I can't even spend some time among the shelves, leafing through the pages. Believe me - if I could, I'd gladly pay for my own copy, to hold and cherish, and make notes on the marginswhen I convert inches into centimetres. And I'm not the only one. The books are the lesser problem, with amazon.com - if you want something, you can buy it, especially now. But the magazines? Can you find a solution to this conundrum? There are beautiful pictures of patterns published online, you want to buy a copy of a magazine, you are a holder of a valid Visa card, and then... it turns out you can't, because they don't ship outside US and Canada. That's the Vogue Knitting case. I can't subscribe, no matter how much I want to. Then some of the US online shops don't accept credit cards issued in Poland.
Yes, publishing scans is piracy and stealing and I don't ask you to turn the blind eye and pretend the problem does not exist. Just try to understand that sometimes there is simply no other way to even see a design. And I guess that 99% of those who have visited the Picasa galleries would go out and buy the books and mags - if they could.
Please, don't rip me apart for this comment. Just try to put yourselves in our humble Polish shoes for a while, with three or four Polish knitting magazines available, an ocassional copy of VK available in the biggest bookshops in the country and publishing houses reluctant to publish anything that won't generate instant, enourmous profits. I personally can't see any easy solution, although I do understand and respect the action taken. I'd love to try and find at least a common point for discussion.
All the best, Jo.

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