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Jul
8
comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@sjl -- plus, breaking the law to promulgate a Bible (at least in the context of a just sovereign) might be working at cross-purposes.
Jul
8
comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@RolandTaylor - if we are going to start hand-waving away bits of the Bible, can we get sodomy back? Your cites have different ways of squinting their eyes at the facts, but that's all they're doing. If you honestly think the Bible is inerrant, let me ask you, oh, how did Judas die? Did he hang himself, as in Matthew, or did he just detonate like a grenade, as per Acts?
Jul
8
comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@sjl: I did not know that. I did some Googling; at least one close variation on the KJV was considered a "derivative work" and -- although it wasn't clear whether this was tested in court or just the publisher's lawyer's opinion -- therefore separately copyrightable. A spoken version of the book would be even more "derived" and less a "copy". If it were me, and I had no business interests in the UK, I would just go ahead and publish. If Her Majesty's Stationery Office sends me a C&D, so be it, but I think it about as likely as getting complaints from the Original Author.
Jul
7
comment Audio version of copyrighted written material
@RolandTaylor -- If you're into the science of the Bible, read 1 Kings 7:23, where the value for pi is 3.
Jul
7
answered Audio version of copyrighted written material
Jun
21
comment Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
This. Vanity publishing is a scam. Print-on-demand like Lulu does everything a vanity publisher could do, with zero up-front costs.
Jun
21
answered Will the word “seek” be associated with the word “sick” if it is present in the title of my book?
May
11
answered Pitfalls of writing a main character of different gender to the author, specifically first-person perspective?
May
6
comment Books to improve writing skills
@RalphGallagher -- I'm not complaining that Brown is shallow, but that he's bad. To use an analogy: I happily eat at In-n-Out Burger. It isn't great cuisine, the ambiance is sterile, and it's pretty fatty; but it tastes good, it's cheap, and it's fresh. I don't eat at McDonald's, because it tastes like crap. I don't object to thriller writers. Right now, I'm re-reading a novel by Stephen Hunter, a pulp writer if there ever was one. I don't read Brown because his prose sucks. YMMV, of course.
May
6
answered plagiarism vs. reference?
May
6
comment Books to improve writing skills
@RalphGallagher -- I'm not sure what your point is. Yes, Brown is trying to make money by writing shitty books and succeeding at it. You or I could either try that or go down to the bus station and offer $20 hand-jobs in the men's room, and the latter would be more dignified, more useful to society, and more likely to actually show a profit.
Apr
29
awarded  Editor
Apr
29
revised What's a good title to a presentations' table of contents?
added 176 characters in body
Apr
29
answered What's a good title to a presentations' table of contents?
Apr
26
answered Can I ePublish my out-of-print history book?
Apr
24
answered In what order should I describe a setting?
Apr
24
comment Potential confusion: referring to home planet as “Earth”
"Trim" means to cut stuff out. "Tighten" means to change text to be more specific and more evocative.
Apr
23
comment How to refer to character of focus in a story
"looking back over a paragraph and realizing you've used a word like 'looked' 5 times." If that was deliberate, Matt is a genius. Yes, repetition used deliberately and well produces a poetic effect; used accidentally or poorly, it can be exasperating.
Apr
23
comment How to refer to character of focus in a story
@mattlohkamp -- you must hate Tennyson and Browning with their "Theirs nots" and "Half a leagues" and "I love thees" repeated over and over and over ...
Apr
20
comment Explicitly correcting yourself while writing - how appropriate is it ?
Metanoi runs deep; into your life it will creep.