Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pirates and bleugh

I'm aching all over and full of a streaming cold, so I'm probably going to work longhand today on the sofa with the dog and a blanket.

As my head is too full of cotton wool to say anything sensible, I'll direct you to Liz Fielding, who has written a very eloquent blog about piracy.

Bottom line: if you don't want to pay for a book, please borrow it from a friend or go to the library rather than "share" someone's copyrighted work online. Becasue you're not being sweet: you're stealing.


Carol Townend said...

Hi Kate,
Hear, Hear! Although I do think a lot of people don't understand how the royalty system works - that a writer only gets a (small!!) percentage of the book cover price. And if the books are not bought properly the writer gets nothing. I hope you feel better soon,
All best

Shirley Wells said...

Hope you're soon feeling better.

I'll have to link to Liz's blog, too. People should hear the truth.

julie Cohen said...

Feel better soon, Kate.

linda margaret said...


Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope you feel better very soon. I am impressed by the flowering tree in your front yard. We have another couple of weeks yet before our trees are out.


Lacey Devlin said...

Congratulations on catching a truely terrible cold (if you're going to do something do it all the way right?). Sending hot soup and good thoughts your way!

Kate Hardy said...

Carol - too true. Aren't all writers millionaires like JKR? *g*

And thank you.

Kate Hardy said...

Shirley - thank you. And do: she's encapsulated it perfectly.

Kate Hardy said...

Julie - thanks.

Kate Hardy said...

Linda - thanks.

We're already starting to lose the blossom so I give it three more days, tops: very pretty while it lasts, though. We used to have a ceanothus that was utterly spectacular... until we did the extension three summers ago. The newer ceanothus, in the back garden, is much more restrained.

Kate Hardy said...

Lacey - thank you! (Have discovered a really nice chicken soup - Sainsbury's do a Moroccan one with chickpeas and apricots...)