Lloyd Shepherd: My parley with ebook pirates (via @guardianbooks)

Lloyd Shepherd discovered a request had been made to have his book pirated:

Many writers in my position, I know, have gone into a rage when their books are pirated – particularly those with no experience of the legal ways of the internet. How can it be, they yell, that these clowns are stealing my livelihood? And I felt some irritation, of course. But blind anger wasn't getting us anywhere, and here was an opportunity to ask this guy (in my head, he's a guy, although she may well not be) what he thought he was doing. I went on to the forum to put it to him.

The discussion is interesting. I don't necessarily agree with all the opinions that bubble up, but these discussions can be pretty volatile.

Read the outcome here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/16/lloyd-shepherd-ebook-pirates-mobilism