…and its absolutely brilliant observation: “It’s a good life, having idiots hate you.” Latest example? This winner, driving up Andrew Breitbart’s royalties for Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!:
…because, apparently, people seem to think that authors get their cut of a book sale when the book is sold to a consumer. Erm. No. Costco purchases books ahead of time – like they would any other product – then they resell those books at a profit. Throwing those books in the trash merely decreases the number that Costco has available… which means that it hastens the point where they have to order more books in order to keep a proper inventory. Which is I believe the point where Andrew Breitbart racks up a bit more in commissions.
Put more simply: the result of this binge of civil disobedience?
PS: Writers write because we have to. Writers publish because we care about getting paid. To paraphrase Robert Heinlein: the greatest, most poetic phrase in the English language is Pay to the order of…