Category Archives: Motivation

Book Piracy

It’s always been difficult making a living as an author. Now it’s harder than ever. The Median annual income from writing of a professional author in the UK is £10,500 a year, down 42% in real terms since 2005!

There are many reasons, which I shall be going into over the next few weeks.

One reason is people like the Internet Archive Open Library. I just searched their site with my name and 14 titles came up. These titles are available to borrow for free. They never asked me if it was okay and they certainly don’t intend to pay for the priveledge.

They claim they want to make – “all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.”

That’s fine for hippies, but as far as I’m concerned, they can pay for the honour being so generous.

Why on earth would anyone spend years of their life creating work for any old internet hacker to come along and steal it – for that is what is going on here – plain theft, robbery, piracy. The Internet Archive are a bunch of thieves and need to go to jail for stealing.

Each book has a contract page that usually says something like “You may not copy or distribute this work in any form.” That’s pretty simple to understand.

Look at their supporters! Complicit in illegal activity! I’m sure they don’t mean to be, but they are aiding and abetting theft on a huge scale

If they are getting funding, they can share some of that with the owners of the content they are stealing.

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As you can see below, my books haven’t been borrowed a lot, but many other authors have and it is not right or just. There is a principle at stake here and the Authors Guild of America

I have sent a cease and desist email and hope that when next you search my name in the Internet Archive – nothing comes up – or better still, the whole site has been closed down and the owners are in jail awaiting sentence.


Pandora – the perfect picture book for Brexit Times

Listening to the news just now, about MPs being jostled and abused while trying to get into Parliament, makes me realise just what a Pandora’s Box the referendum turned out to be.

The referendum was supposed to be advisory, just to find out what the country wanted, assuming it would return a good majority to remain.

But oh my goodness, look what curiosity did. Look at all the forces that have been unleashed. All the attitudes and positions we were blissfully unaware of, that have been emboldened.

If you are wondering how to explain Brexit to little ones, you could do no better than to go back to the original warning story of them all.

Teach children now about when to leave well alone, so they don’t make the same decisions when they grow up and take control themselves.

Tell them that Parliament was so curious to find out what the people thought, they decided to ask them. The referendum was like a Pandora’s Box, they knew should be left well alone – their job was to make the choice themselves, but Parliament was just too curious, it had to lift the lid and find out. It never expected what was going to happen, how their failure to govern and make decisions has brought us to this.