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Topic: PDF Books

From: Bobby G. Bristoe
Location: Ellettsville Indiana USA
Date: 01/25/2012

Dear Mr. Bear
I am a great fan of yours and own the entire Eon series. My question is in regards to PDFs that are available on the internet. I came across all the books I own and one I do not own. Here is my question. I downloaded the books I own and the one I am purchasing, but then got into a moral dilemma. My thinking was that if I own the book, then it should be okay to have the PDF as well, but the more I thought about it, the more I wasnt sure. I am a Christian and I also believe if you have to justify something, then maybe you should take a step back and really look at the situation, because 9 time out of ten, if you do have to justify, you are probably wrong. I did some research on the internet and cannot get a clear answer to my question of ethics and law. So my next step is to be on the safe side. I am asking permission to either keep, or remit to you a fair price for the intellectual property, or if you would like, for me to delete the files.

I do not believe anything is worth going to hell for. If I didnt care, I wouldnt write this letter. I have stored the PDFs for now awaiting your answer. If you ever decides to make your books available in this format, I will be first in line to purchase the files. I have already purchased files from Bob Mayer, the Area51 series and the Atlantis series, all in PDF format.

One other note before I go. I found a web sight at www.ebooooks.com that calls themselves the Online Ebook store. Several of your books are for sale on this site in PDF format. I was about to purchase these books from this site but something smacked wrong about the site. I did some investigation and found out that the register of the site has hidden his information and is located in Sweden. He makes absolutely no mention of copyright law on the site and in fact avoids all mention of copyright. I do not think the site is legitimate, and therefore decided to not make the purchases from them. I do believe they are not only pirating but making a massive profit from it too.

For your consideration, I Thank You,
Bobby G. Bristoe

Re: PDF Books

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/30/2012

I doubt any of us will end up damned because of downloading copyrighted material. But there's a special place in purgatory for those who profit off the labor of others. They'll be forced to write novels--and then have them pirated by demons and reviewed by Trolls! And I hear the beer in the pubs is flat. But at least there's beer, so there's that.

Re: PDF Books

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 01/30/2012

Possibly we are to be dammed for copyrighting. "La propri←t←, c'est le vol!"

And beer? "Abandon hops all ye who enter here."

Re: PDF Books

From: Bobby G. Bristoe
Location: Ellettsville Indiana USA
Date: 01/30/2012

Thank you Mr. Bear. I about died laughing at your response, You are not the only author I have written, but the responses are about the same. I really enjoy your work and will be BUYING more books in the near future. Hopefully you will make some of your work available in different e-reading formats. As I said before, I'll be in line to purchase those too. Thank you again for your reply.

Re: PDF Books

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/30/2012

Ah, the angels invisibly copy everything without permission! Which means there's a hell of a library out there waiting for those of us who play by the rules, such as they are.

Re: PDF Books

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/30/2012

I should have said, "for those who profit off the labor of others and don't give them a fair cut..."

Otherwise, publishers and agents would be crowding into the pub along with pirates.

And there's worshipping false gods or creating false religions, such as Kopimism. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle know where THAT takes you.

Re: PDF Books

From: Bobby G. Bristoe
Location: Ellettsville Indiana USA
Date: 01/30/2012

Funny, I heard from Larry Niven yesterday. now that is spooky.

Re: PDF Books

From: Bobby G. Bristoe
Location: Ellettsville Indiana USA
Date: 01/30/2012

Mr Bear, I just looked up Kopimism. (on comes the light bulb) Now I under stand why ebooooks.com is in Sweden. I'm really glad for that bad nagging feeling now, and glad they didn't get my credit card too. Think I'll just stick with Amazon and the author's sites from now on. Disaster averted.

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