> articles about this site and came across
> one article (I wish I could remember which
> one it was) where an author complained
> that Bookcrossing was depriving her of
> income. The reasoning? People were giving
> her books to strangers for free rather
> than buying them at a bookshop.
> I was stunned. An author will not receive
> a royalty from the sale of a second-hand
> book. This site is no more depriving her
> of cash than second hand bookshops do. It
> seems to me that writers ought to be
> grateful that sites such as this encourage
> people to read. Anyway, I thought her
> attitude was rather greedy and if I could
> remember who she was, I would make a point
> of not buying her books in the future.
> Am I the only person who feels like this?
> Is this site robbing authors of their
> rightful royalties?
Eventually the number of copies a book sells depends on how much publicity it has. A few free copies picked up because of the wonderful efforts of bookcrossing is sure to increase the publicity of the book and its eventual sales. Authors should celebrate such efforts
If i can give an example from another area, years ago a very popular word processing software was word perfect. It had very tight security, then MS word came along. it was easily copyable ( although now its illegal) and it became very popular as a result. In the end microsoft has made lot of money out of it