Wattpad furnishes iPhone with bootleg books for bupkes
Pirate-lit sets sail
The literato's Pirate Bay, Wattpad, has reached the iPhone and iPod Touch, offering community scribblings and copyrighted material through an Apple-sanctioned client.
While iPhone owners who want to pay for electronic reading material can install Amazon's Kindle service or the Stanza, those who prefer to avoid paying for books can now install Wattpad and enjoy a plethora of content for free.
Wattpad has been around for a while; intended as a client for downloading, managing and displaying user-generated content, it built up a following based on hosting copyrighted works including the Harry Potter series and most of the works of Terry Pratchett. The company hides behind safe-harbour rules, promising to remove content as soon as notified by the owners, who obviously have nothing better to do than spend their lives trawling the internet for illegal copies of their property.
Wattpad describes itself as having a "You-Tube-like community"; true in that said community is packed with people who either fail to understand what copyright is, or have no respect for it. The remainder appear to spend their time writing vampiric love stories, which makes watching videos of dancing cats seem quite sensible.
To be fair to Wattpad, the company's database of content is much less copyrighted these days, bulked out by free stuff from the Gutenberg Press. Pratchett's work has all but disappeared, and only a few Harry Potter titles are still available, but anyone interested in pilfering from the estates of Asimov, Clarke or Aldiss will be well rewarded.
The iPhone has managed to make many unlikely things mainstream - two-handed phone use, applications to make farting noises and screens that spin the text round when you try to lie down and read them in bed, to name just three - reading books on a screen may be a step too far for the majority. Still, with such a range of applications available, it won't be lack of availability that stops iPhone users turning to electronic books. ®
Thank the Lord, more eBook software! 'Cause what reading really needed was to become more expensive and complicated.
"Pratchett's work has all but disappeared, and only a few Harry Potter titles are still available, but anyone interested in pilfering from the estates of Asimov, Clarke or Aldiss will be well rewarded."
I wonder when the book equivalent of the RIAA/MPAA willtry and get Libraries outlawed?
Thanks for the Wattpad advert - if I get a second I'll take a look ...
Meanwhile "While iPhone owners who want to pay for electronic reading material can install Amazon's Kindle service or the Stanza"
or they can install the _free_ eReader app. I've migrated most of my eReader content from my Palm T3 to iPod Touch because it just is such a good app - turning the page by flicking the screen feels so natural, and looks good. Tried one of those fancy Sony eBook readers, and got to say that eReader was just 'nicer' to use, so I won't be 'trading up' anytime soon. And if you're not that fussy about content then eReader/Fictionwise do some free content. :)
Where's it all gonna end?
Hang for a lamb, hang for a sheep.
Scrumping is theft! Hang 'em high!
Borrowing books from libraries - Communism gone mad!
Lending an un-DRMed paperback to a mate? 10 years in the nick, at the very least.
The Law is going mad. We should put the Law out of its misery ASAP.
Copywrong for ever and ever and ever and ever, amen.
Or as the anarchists used to say: "Property is Theft". Not that it got them very far, even if the sentiment is laudable.
(Paris cos her end is laudable)