Originally Posted by llasram
I think perhaps in some senses. So far publishers have only gone after book-pirates in a few isolated cases such as the Harry Potter novels. This means that the pool of available pirated e-books has only grown as people have OCRed and uploaded pirated texts. Unless either (a) publishers do something to utterly stop distribution of already-pirated texts or (b) people stop pirating new books, then yes -- the number of books available as pirated e-books will continue to increase.
What the publishing industry needs is a strong trade association, akin to the RIAA, which will go after criminals in the same manner that the RIAA has so admirably done in the music world. The problem is, at present, that there is nobody in the publishing world to take on these criminals.