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Dark Ages Peril Threatens Enlightened Internet: Authors with Book-Dedicated Websites at Risk

Posted by Brittany Lavin on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 @ 02:52 PM

by John F. Harnish

Yes, it’s true, greedy corporate communications giants are conspiring with informationPhoto courtesy of Ariel da Silva Parreira purveyors and conjuring plans to slice the Internet into speed zones diced into premium positioning levels – not to be confused with the level marketplace where authors are free to engage in opportunities to publish and distribute their books to the public, via the Internet.

Foretelling of the potential dollar dominated plots threatening the free and equal access for all Internet users is similar to the restrictive printed communications during the Dark Ages – ruling royalty and prevailing religious orders controlled duplication and distribution of books deemed suitable for the selected few. Now, in the 21st century, the threat of imposed controls comes from the financially endowed, electronically empowered Internet gatekeepers fixing speed limits aligned with choice parking lots.  

Photo courtesy of Bill OwenAs writers, authors, publishers, booksellers, and book lovers we’ve come a long way since movable type first kissed the ink of printed words upon the page of a book available for public consumption hundreds of centuries ago. However, the highways and byways of open channels of communications are in imminent danger of greedy redirection. For authors with published books for sale on the Internet this means that unless your book-dedicated website has a parking space at the end of the express lane, it will take folks a longer time to eventually find the path with speed bumps, leading to your book.

What can you do about this lurking threat? Learn more of its perils and what you can do to maintain Net neutrality with open and equal access guaranteed for all folks, by visiting: http://blog.infinitypublishing.com/darkagesperilthreatensenlightenedinternet

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Photos courtesy of Bill Owen and Ariel da Silva Parreira

 

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