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Re: “Because of Orson Scott Card's politics, I won't be seeing Ender's Game

Why am I the only one appalled at the author's total failure to understand the economics of how boycotts work?

If you buy a book, then recycle it without reading it, you've enriched the author through greater sales and royalties regardless of whether you actually read the book. If you want to do your best to undo your purchase in an effort to boycott, you need to give it away or fire sale it on Amazon or eBay or somewhere so you can keep a would-be customer from buying a new copy.

Also, if you really want to take a stand against Card, you could at least read the novel and see if you find the novel itself objectionable too. You're beginning with a self-imposed position of ignorance and we're supposed to be impressed with this article?

Free speech is a reality and Card already has enough popularity and fame to continue espousing his politics even if your boycott of him was 100% successful and and not a single more book of his was ever sold. So your boycott idea is stupid and will therefore not catch on. So if you want to counter his political speech, donate money to an organization that counters his politics... it won't take much to overshadow the few cents an author gets in royalties on a single copy of a book sold. If you're feeling spiteful, make the donation in honor of Orson Scott Card.

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Posted by whoever on October 29, 2013 at 6:05 AM
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