We finally decided not to upload any more free Myanmar ebooks. We'll still leave the existing ebooks for download since we don't want to trash our efforts away, but there won't be any more new ebook from now on.

Converting ebooks was a good experience for us and we appreciate the interest we received from Myanmar booklovers. But.....

1. There is not a strong copyright law in Myanmar so we could keep copying if we want to. But regardless of copyright issue, we feel that it's not ethical to do so. Burmese writers have to struggle for their living, and even an author of 30+ successful books doesn't get rich in Myanmar. So if we keep copying their works like that, we would be financially damaging them. Why should we hurt our favourite authors and give them financial hardships? Instead, we should be supporting them so that they could create much greater works.

2. Most readers of our ebooks are outside Myanmar and we are very sure that every single one of them can easily afford to buy these Myanmar books, since each book costs less than a bottle of Coke. It is not fair for struggling Burmese writers if we're reading their books for free while we're paying a lot for books like Harry Potter, and the author is a multi-billionaire. It should have been the other way around if we didn't have to worry about copyright laws.

It was not an easy decision to make, but we are sure it is a wise and ethical decision. I hope our visitors would not mind about that, but acknowledge the fact that Burmese authors desperately need to make a living more than other authors do.

Thanks.

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5 comments

  1. Anonymous // February 01, 2006 5:48 pm  

    I think it is a right decision.

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  3. Moe Moe // September 21, 2006 1:02 am  

    Hey,
    I'm glad there's someone thinking about copyright laws regarding burmese artistes!
    Thank you.

  4. Zaw Zaw Aung // August 16, 2007 4:18 pm  

    You are right.
    It is a right decision.
    one more comment is ...
    Myanmar books are cheap to buy (especially for those who stay abroad)and Myanmar postal charge for books is also cheap... so..
    if you could... 'recommend current available Myanmar books' and 'ways for buying them'... it would be nice to scan a few interesting pages and share info...
    cheer !

  5. Htet Aung // November 30, 2007 12:41 pm  

    Hi,
    I appreciate your work. Impress for your work and also your mind.

    But please think on the other side. Your work is very precious not only getting but also very useful as a library.

    There are so many myanmar book which are very precious and very hard to find. You are right we can buy but we cannot find these book.

    If you plan to get some money from these book. Like one book for some amount of money and after that give this money writers. That will be good idea.

    The main point is we myanmar people need a Electronic Library of myanmar books. If you can fill this blank that will be greate.

    I believe reading book is lead man to be good. So please think about this. Please take money from us and give it back to writers. That may be the best decision.