Oh dear. Some writers are morons, to put it bluntly.
I didn’t pay any attention to the Lendink kerfuffle. I though the enraged writers would see that they had nothing to worry about.
You can’t buy into every argument online, otherwise you get nothing else done:
Sadly, Lendink has closed down. The witch hunt was successful.
There’s an important lesson authors can learn from this. As this article, Authors destroy legal e-book lending site thanks to Authors Guild, publisher FUD | ExtremeTech, points out:
“The fact that the pile-on happened at all, however, speaks to a larger problem: A huge number of authors don’t understand digital distribution, current copyright law, or the Terms and Conditions they signed in order to publish their own work. They’re terrified of piracy, despite having only a minimal understanding of what piracy actually is.”
You must READ the Terms of Service of the sites to which you publish your ebooks. Not merely read, also UNDERSTAND.
There’s no excuse for any writer who was involved in taking down Lendink. None. I’m ashamed that anyone who calls himself a writer could act in such a mindless way.
It would be too much to expect that authors involved in the Linkink fiasco would themselves feel ashamed. At least one author has no shame, none at all.
This quote is from One Author Explains Her Role in the Lendink Lynch Mob:
Not only is she not contrite, she still doesn’t understand what Lendink did nor the terms of her contract with Amazon. Her ignorance is so mind-boggling broad that it will stand as a milestone for future generations of authors.
Please — know and UNDERSTAND what you’re doing when you’re posting your ebooks.
Don’t join mindless online mobs howling at the moon — howling at nothing at all. Just because some fool says something or other, it doesn’t mean that the fool is right. Read your contracts.
As Nate says in his article:
“One of the more infuriating parts of this lynch mob story is that there are a dozen or more places where the authors could have asked questions before joining the lynch mob. There’s Goodreads, Wattpad, Amazon’s own forums, MobileRead, Twitter, and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.”
I’m sorry for Lendink’s owner. The stress must be incredible. And I’m ashamed that WRITERS would reveal themselves as morons who can’t READ.
It’s a sorry saga. Again: know your rights, and understand them when you publish your ebooks. Don’t join mobs. Think for yourself.
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