Amazon.com has added a new feature---searching inside the book. If you go to Amazon and do a regular book search, you'll find it not only searches author, title, and keyword as it used to do, but it also searches for those terms in the text of books as well. Uh oh . . .
For example, if you do a search on "lance jessica garth patrick robin"---characters from my first novel In the Company of Mind---you'll come up with several sample pages from the book. The theory behind this is that you can thumb through the book and read an excerpt just like you could in a bookstore. Amazon only "allows" you to see a certain number of pages per book.
The problem here is that , if you are so inclined, you can create a couple of false IDs and use them to get an entire book for free. Also, several authors are unhappy because this seems to violate their holding of e-rights. Several publishers and the Writers Guild are feeling the same.
And there's the fact that you can do a search on "cookie recipe" and get all kinds of recipes, free for the downloading.
--Steven Harper Piziks