Well, you just knew this was going to happen eventually. Suddenly publishers are starting to freak out over "ebook piracy,"
claiming (totally inaccurately) that they've lost $600 million to it. Of course, as some are noting the real problem isn't "piracy"
but the industry's response to it:
The best way to fight piracy? Got e-book shoppers accustomed to buying from legitimate sources before it's too late. That means easy downloading, fair prices and the ability to move content easily from machine to machine within a household. Use of the standard ePub format and the end of traditional DRM could go a long way in that regard.
Instead, they're likely to go in the other direction (they always do) and try to raise the DRM walls higher in a futile effort to "fight" piracy. Of course, as we discussed nearly a year ago, the ebook industry could really use more piracy
, because it's actually a great indicator of what people really want. And, of course, locking up content with more DRM will only serve to take away value
. If there's growing piracy, that just means the industry is putting up unreasonable barriers
. Hopefully publishers realize this before totally screwing things up, but somehow it seems likely they'll make all the same mistakes as the music industry.