With the recent availability of the Amazon Kindle in Europe and the price drop of e-readers in general, I wondered if it would be a good idea to make it a combined effort to create free ebooks out of the stories on this forum, and to publish them right along with the normal forum/text version.
I understand the copyright problem, especially considering that some of the authors might not be around to agree or disagree with a conversion of their works into a different electronic format, but it would be great if we could at least find a solution for the new stories being posted where the author would actually like their story to be converted and distributed, possibly only under certain conditions (examples: distribution only via this board, with/without username/realname as author in the ebook metadata, not/only in specific ebook formats, etc).
The software for this is free, btw (I’m thinking of calibre here, because it seems to be what everybody uses), and creating and distributing the ebooks here would probably make the stories more available, the author/additional information more accurate, the rights of an author more enforcable and above all the whole ordeal a little less redundant than the probable (well, ok, maybe the chances for it aren’t that high ) development of personal AB/DL ebook sharing circles or the creation of personal .doc archives with mixed up author names and incomplete stories
Thinking big, it could even mean the creation of something along the lines of a big AB/DL story library.
So, what do you all think about doing something like this? Can come up with a good way to solve the “problem” of authors actually permitting the creation of ebooks out of their stories but forgetting to add that crucial information to their stories to make it possible? Or are there other, unavoidable reasons that make this idea pretty bad?
(Please excuse any spelling/wording errors, I’m not a native speaker. It took me pretty long to write this, actually :P)