Book industry gets hit by pirates

Posted on Tuesday, January 05 2010 @ 5:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
After music and movies the book industry is the next to get hit by piracy. Digital copies of books are nothing new, but few people are willing to read lengthy books on regular computer screens. However, as sales of eBook readers are increasing exponentially the issue is expected to become more severe.
Pundits are predicting that the piracy is going to get worse and that the flashy DRM systems on the Kindle are not stopping anyone. Figures show that sales of digital books is increasing but at the same time so is piracy. The situation mirrors exactly the same situation that the music and film industry battled with for so long. Expensive text books are one of the hardest markets to be hit. Cash strapped students will use pirated ebooks rather than waste their limited cash on hugely expensive tomes or wait 20 years for the copy to be available at the university library.

Publishers are trying to minimise the problem by delaying releases of e-books for several weeks after physical copies go on sale. Simon & Schuster recently did just that with Stephen King's novel, "Under the Dome." The problem with this approach is that the pirates simply create their own books by scanning them in.
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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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