GalaxyBay - 5:04 am on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)
Before the invention of the printing press with movable type by Gutenberg, most books didn't even have authors attached to them. Also due to the fact the printing press was able to print on a much larger scale it was able to produce more books and with this cost effective method was able to provide books at a much lower price. This as a result fueled the creations of libraries around the world and much of the advancements which you have to day is due to this accessibility. Innovation led the way for great profits for writers, now writers can embrace this innovation and profit from it handsomely or try to fight a loosing battle much like the music industry. If I were a publishing house right now instead of fighting spending thousands if not millions on lawsuits I would find ways to have my authors work protected and yet still accessible through the web. Through such technologies as Google Book. accessibility of knowledge is the path of growth, much like the "propaganda" from Google. One only needs to look in history books to confirms this.