The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.
Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry?
My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.
Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money.
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating.
I couldn’t hit the reblog button fast enough.
So much reblog.
Yeah, this is some nonsense. While I recognize that not everyone’s library system is as amazing as the NYPL, if you have the resources to pay for Kindle Unlimited you probably have the resources to support authors directly in addition to borrowing from your local library system.
I wonder how many stranger’s stories we make it into? You know, maybe someone saw you in passing and told their friends about how pretty the girl in the lavender sweater was. Or maybe they overheard you say a…
I work at the local science museum and we often wonder how many pictures of us are in the background of random museum visitor’s Facebook photos from their visit. Photos that we will never see and probably look horrible in because we’ve been working all day and weren’t expecting our photos to be taken.
Paused Ru Paul’s Drag Race and got this gem. @dannynoriega