What’s wrong with getting an eBook for nothing?

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Only everything!!!

The fact that today’s readers of eBooks demand they must be free or on offer as part of an all you can read for x number of dollars per month package deal, is just so wrong!

Face it people, when you go to your supermarket to get your groceries, or to any other retail outlet you care to name, do you get what you want for nothing? No of course not. So why should you expect to get a book for free? I’ve heard some people claim it should be free because an eBook isn’t a real book, only an electronic file. Good grief morons, try engaging your brains for once in your lives! These same idiots argue that they should be able to download their favourite music for free as well. I have just two words on that particular subject – Taylor Swift!!! We need someone like her to stand up for the largely toothless contributing authors of this world…

Thanks to Amazon belabouring the fact that eBooks are electronic files, the concept of never paying for any eBook written by an Indie has become the norm. How many of you feel guilty about reading that eBook you got for nothing? More to the point, how many of those free eBooks you downloaded, have you actually read, let alone reviewed?

Doesn’t it bother you that the eBook’s author invested several months, or in some cases, years writing it? If not, it damned well should!

It’s high time you all grew a conscience and put yourselves in the author’s place for once. After all, would you go into work if you knew that you would not receive a salary for your hard work? Of course you wouldn’t!

More fool us for loving the written word, to the point where we sweat blood like you wouldn’t believe to bring you that latest book. Common decency demands that we are owed monetary recompense for all our hard work in the form of royalties, no matter the price of the book in question.

Unfortunately these days most Indies are lucky if their titles sell in the dozens per annum. Thanks to Amazon’s penny pinching change in how they pay royalties, known as KENPR or Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read, combined with your own equally selfish attitude towards the product of our labours, if any writer thinks they will become rich these days, they’re seriously kidding themselves. We’re no different to you in that we need money to survive, but thanks to Amazon and uncaring people like you, 99.999% of Amazon’s Indie authors consider themselves lucky if they make maybe a couple of hundred dollars (US) yearly from writing.

Remember this tightwads – authors never receive royalties from those free copies you all greedily help yourselves too.

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Can we truly afford them anymore?

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Sometime during the last twenty years, the clear distinction between all political parties disappeared forever. At one time not so long ago you knew for certain that the Conservative/Republican party represented the privileged rich and big business while the Labour/Democrats worked to protect the rights and privileges of the ordinary working man and women – no longer.

 Today’s crop of politicians, no matter which of the eighteen parties they belong to, can only be described at best as opportunistic chancers who entered politics to grow rich at the expense of the nation they purportedly represent. Here in the UK I defy anyone to show any appreciable difference between the Tories, Labour, Liberals, or any of the others, with the exception of the Brexit Party whose platform is all about getting the UK out of the EU.

If like me you believe that all politicians are pathologic liars and hypocrites, then, like me, you must be wondering can we as a nation truly afford them anymore. To illustrate my point, a previous Prime Minister paid a lot of lip service recently on the issue of tobacco. He declared that he was going to force the tobacco companies to either employ disgusting photographs of cancerous body organs like lungs etc on the packages, or force them to put out their product in plain packages with no company logo. To gain the bleeding heart vote he and his cronies had already acceded to the anti-smoking lobby by forcing retailers to hide all tobacco products, announcing that it was to discourage children from buying cigarettes. If you believe that you need your bumps felt. What a load of crap! Pull the other one; it’s got bells on it!

Under no circumstances were the tobacco products to be prominently displayed. Then a few days later he backtracked about the packaging issue. Someone within the corridors of power had obviously reminded him just how many millions his government gets from the sale of all tobacco products. If that is not hypocrisy I don’t know what is.

The same goes for alcohol. His government was all in favour of a fixed low price for cheap alcohol, purportedly to battle alcoholism. That has also fallen by the wayside. Yet again he has probably had it pointed out to him exactly how much money his government gets from the sale of alcohol. And then we come to the recent debacle – the sale of arms to the rebels in Syria. A lot of very public hand-wringing went on by all politicians. Cries of it would be morally wrong to enter into such a deal were heard. Yet it is about to go ahead. More income for the government coffers – more hypocrisy!

But if we did do away with politics altogether, what are the alternatives? Totalitarianism doesn’t work – remember the old Soviet Union? Even China, while still officially a communist nation, is slowly but surely moving away from its former rigid political situation as it forges capitalist business links with the rest of the world. Fascism doesn’t work as both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini found out to their cost. Nor does reverting back to the time when Kings and Queens ruled absolutely necessarily appeal in the twenty-first century. Although the UK’s Eton and Oxford educated conservative elite would love it as most of them are descended from the old so-called nobility.

Face it people, politics is hazardous to the average human’s health. Just look at the current unpleasantness and bloodshed in the Middle East, the result of mixing politics with rabid religious sectarianism. The same goes for several countries within the African continent.

Despite all of the above, like sheep, billions of us feel it is our democratic duty, not to mention our right, to vote these villains into power every five years or so. Why do it – habit perhaps? Or maybe it’s quite simply a case of better the devil you know. Just remember one thing; the only time politicians need us is when they want our vote. Then they spend the next five years either ignoring us, or making our lives a misery. What are we – masochists?

By this rant you can deduce I am ‘working class’ and proud of it. I am also a smoker who appreciates a pint of England’s best Bitter. There has to be a better way to run a country surely. Anybody got any sensible suggestions?

PS our current Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the EU sweating over parting company with them. To the point where the German Chancellor Angela Merkle fears us becoming another powerful trading nation in competition with the EU. Someone should tell her and the Macron’s of this world thats why we’re not only known as the United Kingdom, but also Great Britain for good reason!!! Unfortunately first of all he has to get the EU to agree to his proposal before attempting to gain a majority in the House of Commons. So far the pro EU members of the House have vetoed leaving the EU, despite the fact that it is the will of the people!!!

All Boris has to do is to get the numpties to agree with him. Personally I think that he hasn’t got a cat in hell’s chance! If all else fails bring on a general election. Its time for commonsense to rule!!!