As the age of technology produces even more advancements, people young and old have discovered the ways of piracy. For years Hollywood and the music industry have been bending over backwards to stop people from pirating their products. As the Internet and e-books become increasingly popular, pirated books are popping up on many P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing networks.
The government is dealing with a whole new breed of opposition this month as it attempts to pass the house bills called SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA(Protect IP Act). The Internet community has been known to be a group largely apathetic towards activism, but as major Internet hubs like Imgur, Wikipedia, and reddit go down , Internet junkies everywhere are realizing how these bills are greatly affecting their everyday lives.
Well, this week I’m still reveling the fact that after a round of serious cleaning at the end of last week and the first part of this one, the top of my desk is as clear and organized as it ever is. The initial shipping of inventory to Midpoint Trade Books continues unabated, the Electromechanical Principles of Wind Turbines textbook now has the search inside the book (SITB) capability at Amazon (a first for us), and we’ve got new projects in the works including Beth Ziesenis’ guide to free/low-cost online tools & apps along with Evada Cooper‘s 100 Years of RV Cooking cookbook.