Pretty much. I mean, sure, I *could* pirate a book that I've been looking for. But all the devices I'd read it on have such easy access to the book. Smartphone? Open your reading app of choice, search the market for a book and boom. On your ebook reader? They make it simple and painless, and the vast majority of titles I'm looking for are available within seconds.
So yeah, I could go and pirate and transfer to my device, but its so much easier to buy.
Yeah, its kind of a pain to deal with yet another web site. But on the other hand, it does give you the book any way you like. It'll link right up with your Nook, Amazon, Sony or Kobo accounts so that it's stored in each and every one of those accounts. And while the ePub version may be watermarked, its still DRM free.
I linked all 7 books to Amazon and sent them to my Kindle (1 download) and then did a straight digital download (2 down) of the ePub version which I then backed up on dropbox, google docs and my spare hard drive. So now I have 6 "legal" downloads left, though I shouldn't ever need them again.
As far as control-centric sales approaches go, I gotta say... it could be far far worse.
The best news to come out of this, from both an anti-piracy AND a consumer-oriented point of view, is that RedBox said forget it. They canceled their WB contract for cheaper DVDs and they'll go back to buying them off the shelf on release day.
I have an idea that could help, though I'm certain its been floating around for decades. We, the internet, should push for a new US law or constitutional amendment that would set term limits on both the house of representatives and the senate. Say, 3 terms in the house (6 years) and 2 in the senate (12 years) tops. This would help rotate out the entrenched politicians and bring in fresh blood and ideas regularly.