Audio and E-book Opportunties

Written by Ruth Marlene Friesen

I joined a Christian Writers' Group a few weeks ago, andrepparttar email exchanges of those members is quite exhilarating. Browsing and skimming them last night I came to one where a writer who has vision trouble and can't read regular print books challengedrepparttar 108514 others to produce more e-books.

E-books are read onrepparttar 108515 computer, andrepparttar 108516 greatest thing about them, as I've discovered myself, is that one can enlargerepparttar 108517 text so it is easier to read. For those who find even that too difficult, it is possible to get software in your computer which will readrepparttar 108518 text to you. I'm not sure how digital it sounds, but I believe in many places that software is free to any who are legally defined as blind.

What shocked me aboutrepparttar 108519 exchange was that a number of writers had admitted a bias against e-books when this other member first asked who all offered their books in this form. The mindset still seems to be, a book is not really published until it comes out in paperback or hardcover.

I confess I've learned too, that fiction doesn't sell as an ebook yet, though all kinds of marketing manuals and self-help books do.

Fortunately, when this writer explained herself,repparttar 108520 others rallied around with offers to help out. One said she'd gladly offer her books to be read on tape if anyone could be found to do it. Another urged that we all consider producing our books in digital atrepparttar 108521 same time as in print.

Thinking about all this today, I suddenly see wide open doors of opportunity for ministry and perhaps a business.

Here in Canada, I believerepparttar 108522 Canadian National Institute forrepparttar 108523 Blind (CNIB) is onrepparttar 108524 lookout for volunteers to read books on tape. They have a lending library by mail. The US has similar organizations.

The Kidnapping of Content

Written by Sam Vaknin and

Latin kidnappedrepparttar word "plagion" from ancient Greek and it ended up in English as "plagiarism". It literally means "to kidnap" - most commonly, to misappropriate content and wrongly attribute it to oneself. It is a close kin of piracy. But whilerepparttar 108513 software or content pirate does not bother to hide or alterrepparttar 108514 identity ofrepparttar 108515 content's creator orrepparttar 108516 software's author -repparttar 108517 plagiarist does. Plagiarism is, therefore, more pernicious than piracy.

Enter An off-shoot of, it was established by a group of concerned (and commercially minded) scientists from UC Berkeley.

Whereas digital rights and asset management systems are geared to prevent piracy - and its commercial arm,, arerepparttar 108518 cyber equivalent of a law enforcement agency, acting afterrepparttar 108519 fact to discoverrepparttar 108520 culprits and uncover their misdeeds. This, they claim, is a first stage onrepparttar 108521 way to a plagiarism-free Internet-based academic community of both teachers and students, in whichrepparttar 108522 educational potential ofrepparttar 108523 Internet can be fully realized.

The problem is especially severe in academia. Various surveys have discovered that a staggering 80%(!) of US students cheat and that at least 30% plagiarize written material. The Internet only exacerbated this problem. More than 200 cheat-sites have sprung up, with thousands of papers available on-line and tens of thousands of satisfied plagiaristsrepparttar 108524 world over. Some of these hubs - like, cheatweb or - make no bones about their offerings. Many of them are located outsiderepparttar 108525 USA (in Germany, or Asia) and at least one offers papers in a few languages, Hebrew included.

The problem, though, is not limited torepparttar 108526 ivory towers. E-zines plagiarize. The print media plagiarize. Individual journalists plagiarize, many with abandon. Even advertising agencies and financial institutions plagiarize. The amount of material out there is so overwhelming thatrepparttar 108527 plagiarist develops a (fairly justified) sense of immunity. The temptation is irresistible,repparttar 108528 rewards big andrepparttar 108529 pressures of modern life great.

Some ofrepparttar 108530 plagiarists are straightforward copiers. Others substitute words, add sentences, or combine two or more sources. This raisesrepparttar 108531 question: "when should content be considered original and when - plagiarized?". Shouldrepparttar 108532 test for plagiarism be more stringent thanrepparttar 108533 one applied byrepparttar 108534 Copyright Office? And what rights are implicitly granted byrepparttar 108535 material's genuine authors or publishers once they placerepparttar 108536 content onrepparttar 108537 Internet? Isrepparttar 108538 Web a public domain and, if yes, to what extent? These questions are not easily answered. Consider reports generated by users from a database. Are these reports copyrighted - and if so, by whom - byrepparttar 108539 database compiler or byrepparttar 108540 user who definedrepparttar 108541 parameters, without whichrepparttar 108542 reports in question would have never been generated? What about "fair use" of text and works of art? Inrepparttar 108543 USA,repparttar 108544 backlash against digital content piracy and plagiarism has reached preposterous legal, litigious and technological nadirs.

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