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Russian EBookseller LitRes Gets Competing EBook Apps Booted From Google Play 145

Nate the greatest writes "The developer of the popular Android app Moon+ Reader was surprised to discover this weekend that he is a filthy stinking pirate. Google informed him via an automated email that Moon+ Reader had been removed from Google Play because the app had switched to using pirate sites as the main sources of ebooks. Or at least, that's what LitRes claims, but when they complained to Google LitRes didn't tell the whole truth. What was really happening is that users of the app are enabling piracy, not the app itself. Thanks to the way Moon+ Reader is designed to let users share links to ebook sources some of the sources are indeed pirate sites (less than your average Google Search). In reality the app was no more a source of pirated content than your average web browser. What do you say when an ebook distributor's anti-piracy plan involves going after app developers rather than pirate sites? Something printable, IMO."
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Russian EBookseller LitRes Gets Competing EBook Apps Booted From Google Play

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  • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:21PM (#42792395) Journal

    First of all, not everybody on earth can legally buy every book that he or she wants.

    Depending on which country that you live in, there are restrictions imposed, prohibiting people from buying the "banned" books.

    And in some countries, the "banning" has reached the cyberspace ... that is, not only you can't buy the dead-tree version of the book, you can't legally buy the ebook version, either.

    Some of the government even installed bots watching over people who are on the Net.

    For example, there are some books - if I want them - I can't get, from the place that I am staying right now.

    They are not on display in brick and mortar bookstores. I can't place an order for them either.

    And if I go online and try to pay and buy an ebook version (using my credit card) the bot may spot what I do and I may be invited for a cup of tea with some religious / political officials.

    People in such position have two options:

    1. Move out from that goddamn country

    2. Download the pirated version

    Option #1 seems obvious, but in some instances, not very practical. For family, business, or for whatever reason, people may not be so easily move from one country to the other.

    Option #2, it's illegal, it's immoral, but then, government bots do not often watching over connections to the pirated sites.

  • As an author... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:28PM (#42792461)

    I've published two books in both print and eBook versions. Not surprisingly, the eBook versions have better sales. My digital editions are DRM-free, and I never thought twice about resisting the pirates. Most of these are likely to be in countries for which it would be a hardship to pay the book price. People in developed countries would rather have the convenience of a quick download from their usual, trusted site (Amazon, B&N), rather than what amounts to a fraction of a Starbucks coffee. Unlike someone stealing a print edition, I'm not losing anything, and that includes any thoughts about a potential lost sale.

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern