Today I saw this article about book piracy float by on Twitter. Might have been from Andy Woodworth? Anyhow, it’s an interview with a book pirate. It’s a good read and really hammers home the fact that piracy is easy and more convenient than doing it legally.
BI: How’d you get started in book piracy?
A: I think it was when I had every intention of buying this old John Grisham book for my Kindle. Instead of searching for it on Amazon, I just Googled “john grisham the firm ebook.” That’s all it took. The results took me right to a place where I could download it for free.
BI: Shouldn’t artists be paid for their work?
A: They should. I’m aware of the hypocrisy here. Yet it ought to say something when I can get a book for free in two clicks when it takes more than that to buy one.
As long as it’s faster and more user friendly to pirate, lots people will continue to do so. It’s just the way of the world.