Grey Piracy On The High e-Seas
According to PocketLint, older ladies are turning to piracy to download books. Almost one third of all tablet users download illegally, but the market is deepening as older adopters come on board and get to grips with book nickage. Personally I’m amazed anyone can be bothered to work out how to illegally download a book. It would appear to be more complex than swiping music. People are turning to piracy partly because they can’t find ebooks available, and publishers are having trouble sorting out rights, setting the right prices and decent payments to authors.
One thing that might stop piracy is the imminent arrival of first gen full-colour touchscreen readers, which should really shake up the ereader market. A touch-screen Kindle is the only thing that would make me abandon my stylish Sony Ereader, as I’m tired of trying to negotiate the Waterstones website only to find they don’t have anything I want available as a download.
Lately, for the first time since I bought my ereader, I’ve been purchasing books again. Although attempting to read Grant Morrison’s ‘Supergods’ in bed without dropping it and breaking my nose isn’t easy, it wasn’t available on ePub.