Subject: Re: Free software and free music have some similar problems.
From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 09:12:13 +0200 (MET DST)

From: Rich Morin <>
I disagree, presuming that you mean "information distribution", rather
than "book distribution channels".  A $50 book typically results in a
$2.50 royalty to the author.  Everything else goes to the publisher
(and associated suppliers) and the distribution chain.  So, 95% of the
money is not getting to the author.  There aren't any villains in the
piece, really; it just costs a lot to print up, ship, and store paper.

 ... well ... often not ... but have you ever looked at the
net profit of Reed Elsevier for scientific journals.
Around 30% last time I heard ... and authors do not get paid,
and libraries run out of money.             ,_  /\o    \o/    Tel  +33 (1) 3963 5644  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  Fax  +33 (1) 3963 5469
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