Kindle 2 and The Authors Guild

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I'm not sure what your definition of an author is. Am I an author, because I sometimes post here @ TRCB.com? Maybe you think so and maybe not. I think you would have a difficult time saying I am not an author when, between some of the technical ‘doorstops' I created as Tim Catura-Houser in the last century, and a few I've done this century as Tcat Houser.

As a professional writer, I'm certainly for protecting authors rights. And there is an organization known as The Authors Guild that advocates authors rights.

As an author, I think The Authors Guild is a bit off base in its complaint that the Kindle 2 from Amazon.com, represents an audio version of an author's work, and therefore depriving the author of income.

12 February posting from The Authors Guild is encouraging authors to prevent Amazon from creating audio versions of the book "unless Amazon has acquired the appropriate rights."

I'm not a lawyer, and I just don't get it. If someone has purchased my work, who am I to say HOW they consume my efforts?

It is no secret I'm a big fan of Text To Speech (TTS). I have been an advocate of Text Aloud here at TRCB, and elsewhere.

Am I going to buy a Kindle 2? No, thank you. Amazon, you could give me one, and I would just donate it to charity. For the same or less money, I could have a perfectly good ‘net book' running Windows 7 and Text Aloud. That would not only read any book I purchased, he could also read my e-mail. And a bunch of other stuff.

I think The Authors Guild is barking up the wrong tree. What do you think?

Tcat Houser is a trainer in Information Technology as well as assisting people understand the most complex computer all, the human brain. This necessitates his being a professional Road warrior.

As A Certified Technical Trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) @ TRCB.com it can be difficult to figure out what Tcat is currently researching.

See my lastest work at TRCBVideos.com - Convert Articles, Reviews into Videos Automagically.

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