The Gospel is Non-Fiction in Toronto

Published November 1st, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

From Grant in Toronto:

The Toronto Public Library has 8 copies of the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and guess what collection it’s under?

Non-fiction! Hooray!


By the way, why don’t authors bitch when their books are being “illegally shared” at the library? How is that not analogous to a musicians work being shared on the internet? You have my permission to buy and share the Gospel with as many people as you like. Spread the Word.

50 Responses to “The Gospel is Non-Fiction in Toronto”

  1. Friendly Atheist » I Always Believed says:

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  2. Jeeves says:

    Quote: By the way, why don’t authors bitch when their books are being “illegally shared” at the library? How is that not analogous to a musicians work being shared on the internet?

    Because book publishers have deals with libraries. And libraries make not millions of dollars.
    Internet dealers (of various kind, incl. the Russian mafia) have no deals with music publishers or musicians, or labels, and they do make millions of dollars.

  3. Randi says:

    When libraries purchase books for public use, they are purchasing the license to own the material. So, they aren’t just paying the price of the book; they are paying over twice that much in order to have the book in their catalogues.

  4. Carl says:

    The correct answer is: they did. In the old days (e.g. before the rise of mass publishing) authors & printers were terrified that libraries would put them out of business. Instead it whetted the public’s appetite for books and the result is what we see today. Apparently in 1800 there were only ~80000 serious readers in England; in 1850 the number were ~5 million. Source: Copyright chapter of Ross Anderson’s “Security Engineering”, based a description in the book “Information Rules” by Shapiro and Varian.

    Not that this is *exactly* analogous to the media industry, but I think it’s pretty close. There’s no sign of decrease in people visiting the cinema or buying dvds, quite the opposite. I think the main people who suffer are those like Blockbuster. My opinion is that the personal use of information should not be covered by copyright law—it certainly never was historically. Selling copyrighted material for a profit is another matter.

  5. Vindhyan Bob says:

    The Gospel is nonfiction in my library too. I checked it out a few months back.

  6. PYRETTE says:

    I ordered my copy of the gospel last week (they didn’t have it in stock) for 25 australian dubloons. the counter woman gave me a strange look when i asked for it and seemed relieved when it came up in the humour catagory. i think it’s disgraceful that they should mock our beliefs so.
    as a side note, it’s going to take 10 working days to come in; is friday a working day? im a uni student so i dont ever work anyway but i am in somewhat of a conundrum because if i demand that friday be observed as a religious holiday it will take LONGER for me to get the gospel… i must ask the glorious noodly one for advice


  7. storm petrel says:

    5 working days just sounds better than 2 weeks, the standard week includes Friday when thry’re talking about working, in some countries the working week is 6 days.

  8. storm petrel says:

    I meant 10 woking days sounds better than 2 weeks

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