Pirates find easy new pickings in open waters of e-book publishing is the headline of a Times piece in the U.K. As reported there:
–American publishers have lost “more than $600 million” to piracy, by one estimate.
–Readers downloaded illegal copies of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol “more than 100,000 times” within days.
–In excess of 4,000 piracy cases have been reported to The Publishers Association in the U.K.
These numbers are still small compare to total p-book sales, but will increase as E catches on in popularity.
The best way to fight piracy? Get e-book shoppers accustomed to buying from legitimate sources before it’s too late. That means easy downloading, fair prices and the ability to move content easily from machine to machine within a household. Use of the standard ePub format and the end of traditional DRM could go a long way in that regard. Social DRM, anyone?
Elsewhere on the piracy front: Digital divide over filesharing plans: Digital economy bill proposals receive welcome from music and film, but anger from ISPs and privacy campaigner, in the Guardian.