It does seem rather strange to me that people will spend a thousand dollars or more on the latest MacBook Air, a hundred dollars a month on a broadband package, and yet refuse to pay for the music they listen to or the books they read. Pirating is theft, pure and simple, but it’s a particularly crass form of theft in that it targets the little guy whilst funnelling more and more money into the pockets of The Man.
My book, Natural Causes, is available for free in all formats. You can get it from the ibookstore, from Amazon, from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel. Pretty much anywhere you want, really. And yet it’s available as a pirated torrent, with over 2000 downloads so far. Faced with that kind of logic, is there anything we can do about online piracy?
DRM isn’t the answer. All it does is make life difficult for honest buyers. I guess the best we can do is try to educate people as to just how much work goes into creating a book, or a song, or a film. Perhaps enough of today’s pirates will understand the need to pay for things and start acting responsibly in time. If not, we’ll have a superfast, flash, broadband enabled world with nothing in it worth consuming.
More thoughts on this and other aspects of the rise of ebooks over at SirBenfro.