Let’s find a way to pirate books.
Let’s face it; anyone can get any song or movie ever made for free. Some people will tell you that this is as it should be and others will tell you that this stunts the whole creative process. Personally, I NEVER EVER ILLEGALLY DOWNLOAD MUSIC OR MOVIES. But I can see how it would be appealling to one less interested in adhering to the written rule of the law than I.
But I want books. I get that you can burn an audiobook you borrowed from the library and walk around with it in your iPod. I know you can download a whole collection of eBook PDF’s from your less scrupulous buddies’ foldes in the shared drives at work. That’s not what I’m talking about.
I want the open-source red-hat pioneers of the electronic gray market to spend some time offline and come up with a way to use the materials consumers have now, put a whole book in one end, and end up with a complete copy of that book on the other end. Quickly. In a way that cannot be detected. Utilizing a method that I’m too stupid to have thought of but will make me feel even stupider once I see how simple it all was. I should not have to turn a page and then press a button for the process to proceed at any point.
“You liked that book? Burn me a copy.”
“Hello, Borders staff person. I need to return these 14 books I bought yesterday evening.”
“Virgil’s Aeneid is so good. Too bad I can’t afford a copy for my teenage child. Unless…”
I’m not saying I would use this new machine/method/software/service for illicit purposes. But I am saying illicit people are the only people who would be willing to get a project like this done.
So, get on with it.