I see what you're saying, rationalbiker, and I agree with the principal.
However, I think what Colin
was saying is that there is clearly a demand for an e-version of the HP books, and that he believes (as I do) that most of the folks who downloaded the illegal e-version would have instead paid for a legal one, had it been available -- I
certainly would have. From that point of view, what Colin was saying makes rather a different point from the one you're addressing.