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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.
the value is the content of the research itself that took many hundreds or thousands of man hours to compile thus defining it's value.
Would you still be willing to pay thousands for something that can be copied for less then $0.01?
What is the value of 1 of the reports? Is it $1 + profit margin or $1 million + profit margin?
Mrs Hocking has it right... Penny Profit.... Million Volume. Cut out the publishers who do nothing but create copies.
When you build a car you can't copy the car for almost no cost... the cost to copy is real and so the car has a real value.
publishing information should be as easy as possible and only workhours and materials actually spent should be paid (this also applies to singers, actors, designers, etc...so yes it also includes me)