Ink Links Roundup – Piracy, String Theory, and Webcomics


In the indie publishing world, there is a lot of talk about piracy. If someone downloads your book illegally for free, some say that it really doesn’t matter; they wouldn’t have purchased your book anyway.

In the traditional publishing world, it’s different. Maggie Stiefvater explains how piracy impacted her series, career, and fandom.

“The Ronan trilogy nearly didn’t exist because of piracy. And already I can see in the tags how Tumblr users are talking about how they intend to pirate book one of the new trilogy for any number of reasons, because I am terrible or because they would ‘rather die than pay for a book’. As an author, I can’t stop that. But pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two. This ain’t 2004 anymore. A pirated copy isn’t ‘good advertising’ or ‘great word of mouth’ or ‘not really a lost sale.’”

Anyone want to see a list of books that take string theory into another world? Thought so.

A short interview with Nilah Magruder on webcomics and her new series, M. F. K.

Webcomics benefit from a very low barrier of entry. All you need is a website, a computer, and time. As a creator, you’re not at the mercy of editors and executives, marketing departments, paper costs, or distribution channels. You can put your work online and anyone, anywhere in the world, can access it.

So naturally, there is a wide variety of creators and stories in webcomics, and change there happens much faster than in the bigger comic companies.


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