Some authors, such as Paolo Coelho and Neil Gaiman, have turned a blind eye to piracy or even encouraged it in the hope that it raises awareness of their work and ultimately increases sales. However, bibliotastic co-founder Bernard Gerard notes, "If piracy really were such a great thing for book sales then surely publishers would embrace it. Giving away some of your books for free is a sensible strategy for unknown writers but for established authors backed by large publishers it makes little sense.
“On the whole the book publishing industry seems to have adapted to the digital age more quickly than the music industry did. However, this is largely down to Amazon rather than the initiative of the publishers themselves. The Kindle has made it very easy to sample and buy ebooks. So easy that perhaps the biggest risk to publishers is not piracy but the dominance of the Amazon platform itself, particularly as authors increasingly look to self-publish. For authors and readers though, the digital revolution seems to be a net positive.”
Bibliotastic survey: What should be done to stop Internet piracy of digital content (books, movies, music, etc)?
· Make Internet Service Providers block black-listed websites
· Use more powerful encryption software to protect content
· Make it easier/more affordable to purchase digital content legally
· Force pirates to walk the plank
The survey concluded in August 2012 and involved 234 participants. Details can be found here: http://www.bibliotastic.com/