engine - 12:30 pm on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
Piracy of eBooks: A Growing Problem, Or An Opportunity? [reviews.cnet.com]
Over the months I've received news of the occasional blog post and tweets, but more recently I popped open an alert to learn that my book was being pirated--both as a separate file and part of two larger Torrents called 2,500 Retail Quality Ebooks (iPod, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader) and 2,500 Retail Quality Ebooks for Kindle (MOBI).
I had the strange reaction of being both dismayed and weirdly honored that someone had selected my book to strip free of its copy-protection (DRM) and include as part of a collection of "quality" e-books, many of which were from very good authors.
If you're an author with little or no following, surely this is an opportunity. If you're an established author that relies on sales, it's going to hurt.
Should the established author fight, or ignore, and should the unknown author grasp this as an opportunity to get known.
Should authors add extras only available to 'paying' subscribers?