The Evil Side of eBooks – Piracy

May 12th, 2009 · by spolanka · 3 Comments

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.

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  • 1 Deborah // May 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    This is my favorite line from the story, “…the problem has ballooned in recent months as an expanding appetite for e-books has spawned a bumper crop of pirated editions…”
    aaahh! an expanding appetite for e-books.
    music to my ears.

  • 2 Bill // May 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    How much better it would be if we could get vendors out of the e-text business. It’s one thing if they have an agreement with an author, but I have no sympathy for vendors who mine out-of-copyright or orphaned titles for content for their overpriced products.

  • 3 friedman // Jul 25, 2009 at 9:11 am

    It wouldn’t be such a problem if many books would be more affordable, and, more important, IF AMAZON and other sellers would mail books to more countries. I live in a country where I CAN’T BUY books from amazon marketplace!!! Even if I would like to buy a book, I couldn’t! I’m forced to download illegal copies because I can’t travel just to buy books.