Ur artikel i The New York Times 11/5:
"Now, with publishers producing more digital editions, it is potentially easier for hackers to copy files. And the growing popularity of electronic reading devices like the Kindle from Amazon or the Reader from Sony make it easier to read in digital form. Many of the unauthorized editions are uploaded as PDFs, which can be easily e-mailed to a Kindle or the Sony device.
An example of copyrighted material on Scribd recently included a digital version of ´The Tales of Beedle the Bard,´ a collection of fairy tales by J. K. Rowling. One commenter, posting as vicious-9690, wrote ´thx for posting it up ur like the robinhood of ebooks.´
For some writers, tracking down illegal e-books is simply not worth it.
´The question is, how much time and energy do I want to spend chasing these guys,´ Stephen King wrote in an e-mail message. ´And to what end? My sense is that most of them live in basements floored with carpeting remnants, living on Funions and discount beer.
Book sales are down significantly, and publishers say it is difficult to determine whether electronic piracy is denting sales. Some of the most frequently uploaded books, like the ´Twilight´ series, are also huge best sellers."
"Others view digital piracy as a way for new readers to discover writers. Cory Doctorow, a novelist whose young adult novel ´Little Brother´ spent seven weeks on the New York Times children’s chapter books best-seller list last year, offers free electronic versions of his books on the same day they are published in hardcover. He believes free versions, even unauthorized ones, entice new readers.
´I really feel like my problem isn’t piracy,´ Mr. Doctorow said. ´It’s obscurity.´"
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