The NYT had a very interesting article yesterday on the book piracy. It highlights the increasing amount of illegal sites to download pirated eBooks, or print books that were scanned. Publishers are spending much more staff time and hiring large legal departments to track down sites. Here’s a quote from the article: “It’s a game of Whac-a-Mole,” said Russell Davis, an author and president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a trade association that helps authors pursue digital pirates. “You knock one down and five more spring up.”
I sometimes see posts on a variety of library distribution lists about finding reference titles online for free, and it makes them quite mad that they’ve just paid hundreds of dollars for the same book, either in print or e. Maybe the publishers should give these angry librarians the Whac-a-Mole paddles and let us track down those pirates 21st Century shushing at it’s best.