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.