So, erm, books are being pirated on the net. The Society of Authors proposes that:
She suggested four possible sources of income at an industry discussion on copyright law last week: the Government, business, rich patrons and the public. Government funding could take the form of an “academy” of salaried writers.
Seriously? Bureaucrats paid to write books? Jebus wept!
You can tell what would happen, can’t you? Those with the connections will get the salaries: stand by for yet more novels of occasional adultery in Hampstead.
How about an elegant technological solution? Perhaps some form of Google Adsense that can be incorporated into a .pdf file, the means by which the digital books are distributed?
Hell, why not a PayPal button. "If you enjoyed this book why not send £1 to the author?"
That’s about what nett royalties are anyway…..