Black Friday Signed Editions

This fall, I was eager to get my hands on one of the signed copies of John Green’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. I pre-ordered a copy and it showed up in my mailbox shortly after it was released. Easy as pie. For those of us who live outside of a major city, it’s tricky to get signed books unless you grab them up online right away, or happen to be traveling near a book signing. Will one of our lucky young readers get this copy of TURTLES next summer…..wait and see.

But in the meantime, if you’re desperate to add a signed edition of a new book to your home library, Barnes & Noble are kicking off the holiday season with a Black Friday sale of signed books! You can find out all of the info you’ll need as well as see a complete list of the books that will be available, and get ready to shop! There is a wide selection, from adult fiction & non-fiction to teen books (including the one above) and even children’s books. Make someone (or yourself) happy by getting your Black Friday shopping list ready today!

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Retire Your Way

Coming up this weekend, we have a financial seminar taking place on Saturday, November 18th at 10:30am. Find out how to “Retire Your Way”! We’ll have Nataliya Tyagley of Edward Jones Canada with us to tell us how to do it right, and answer all your questions.

This is a free seminar, but call ahead to sign up so that we know how many people will be attending! 613-257-2702.

Winter Programs

We’re getting ready to make the transition from Fall programming into Winter programming. The schedule isn’t quite ready yet, but for those of you wondering what’s going to be offered in the new year, we’re excited about many great new programs. We’ve got craft clubs, book clubs, movies, drop-ins, teen programs, children’s programs, and plenty more. If you thought the library was busy this fall, get ready for 2018!

Piracy Has Consequences

It isn’t often talked about by authors, but book piracy is a real thing…and it can be just as awful for someone who is already an established author, as it is for a debut author. With the internet age, it’s very easy for people to find an advance digital copy of a book, and make digital copies into PDFs that are distributed online either before or right when an author is about to release a book. You might not think it’s a big deal, but bestselling YA author Maggie Stiefvater–author of THE SCORPIO RACES–recently posted about her experience with piracy on Tumblr.

So how does digital piracy work? People make copies of the digital advance copies, and widely distribute them online so that people can read the entire book without having to purchase it. Often, the argument you’ll hear is that those people who read the pirated copy weren’t going to purchase the book anyway, so it wouldn’t make a difference to the sale. But…..this is where it DOES make a difference.

Publishers count everything. They look at sales of a first book. They look at sales of a second, and a possible third book. If the digital sales are dragging (not to mention the traditional sales), the publisher sees this as a lost cause and may cancel a later book in the series, or drop the author entirely. So, for anyone who DOES buy the books, the chances of them getting to read an entire series grow slim when pirated copies are making the rounds. This is true for “famous” authors (who don’t earn as much as you might think), and for unknowns (who earn very little in comparison).

Stiefvater was convinced that digital piracy was making things difficult for authors. While her first book in The RAVEN CYCLE did well, the second book took a drop in sales for e-copies. Her publisher thought it might just be a sign of the times–that readers had lost interest. But she was certain she could prove that idea to be wrong. So, prior to her release of book three in the series, she roped her brother into helping her make fake PDF’s of the book. It looked the same, had the same number of pages, but was just the same first four chapters repeated over and over. On the day the book released, her brother flooded the digital piracy sites with his special copy.

“The effects were instant. The forums and sites exploded with bewildered activity. Fans asked if anyone had managed to find a link to a legit pdf. Dozens of posts appeared saying that since they hadn’t been able to find a pdf, they’d been forced to hit up Amazon and buy the book.

 

“And we sold out of the first printing in two days….

 

“I was on tour for it, and the bookstores I went to didn’t have enough copies to sell to people coming, because online orders had emptied the warehouse. My publisher scrambled to print more, and then print more again. Print sales and e-sales became once more evenly matched.

 

“Then the pdfs hit the forums and e-sales sagged and it was business as usual, but it didn’t matter: I’d proven the point. Piracy has consequences.”

——- Maggie Stiefvater

So, the next time you consider reading that pirated copy of a book online (or listen to a piece of music, or watch a digital copy of a movie), consider the fact that you’re doing more than hurting the author. You’re placing the entire future of that series in jeopardy, and making it more difficult for good stories to come to print.

Young Reader?

Do you have a young reader in your house between the age of 5 – 12? They still have time to vote in the CBC Books Fan Choice contest, choosing from among all the nominees for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. There are some wonderful books on this list, and by voting, your child has the chance to win an author visit to their school. Isn’t that fun?

If you haven’t read all of the books, almost all of them are available either through Libby, Hoopla, or in book format from our website http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

Hurry…there are only a few short weeks left to vote!