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View Poll Results: How do you get your ebooks?
I buy most of my ebooks 214 64.85%
I use P2P to get most of my ebooks 87 26.36%
I use P2P to read my ebooks and then buy the good ones (nobody believes this btw.) 23 6.97%
I don't read ebooks 6 1.82%
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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eBook piracy, how common is it?

I was wondering, how many people read illegal copies and how many buy their books? I think there is one big difference between ebooks and movies regarding the issue that should affect on this poll. It is the fact, that ebooks probably wouldn't exist at all without the legitimate e-publishers. Unlike the AV industry which still isn't able to offer world wide channels for their products, except the piracy.


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- from below, use the guide that is the most closest thing to your situation
- if it was published free or if you own the paper book version, then select the first option
- if you did lend it from library and deleted it when you returned it to the library, then select the first option
- if it is illegal, then select the second option
- if the third or fourth option really sounds the right one, then by all means select one of those
- if none of above applies and if your country classifies it as legal, but rest of the world thinks it's illegal, then select the second option
- otherwise select the first option

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:46 AM   #2
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If you price a product right, the majority of people who want it, will pay for it.

Virtually every ebook I have purchased, I also own in pbook format. I also know for a fact, that at least some are available in "pirated" form. But I still bought them, because it was worth it to me.

Of course, I immediately stripped the DRM. I need to be able to share them with my other ereader, and to know, that when I get a new ereder, I'll be able to have my files on it. For the record, I would never have bought them, if I couldn't strip the DRM (I'd have looked for a non-DRM copy, even if not legit.)
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I own an e-publishing company, so needless to say, I've never illegally acquired an e-book.
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:50 AM   #4
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Is your poll just concerned with P2P download of books that are also available as legal ebooks?
I get the impression that a lot of P2P ebooks aren't available as legit ebooks.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:03 AM   #5
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I was wondering, how many people read illegal copies and how many buy their books? I think there is one big difference between ebooks and movies regarding the issue that should affect on this poll. It is the fact, that ebooks probably wouldn't exist at all without the legitimate publishers. Unlike the AV industry which still isn't able to offer world wide channels for their products, except the piracy.
Why is your poll only asking about P2P? There are many other sources of illegal books - Usenet, IRC, web sites, etc.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:04 AM   #6
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Is your poll just concerned with P2P download of books that are also available as legal ebooks?
I get the impression that a lot of P2P ebooks aren't available as legit ebooks.
I used word most because I thought one or two ebooks illegal wouldn't change the outcome if you then buy 10-20 ebooks. Or are you trying to say, that most of your ebooks are ones that cannot be bought and aren't part of some fancy freeware project and still on the p2p networks?

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Why is your poll only asking about P2P? There are many other sources of illegal books - Usenet, IRC, web sites, etc.
It seemed like synonym to me. Feel free to answer the p2p even if you use alternative illegal methods.
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I used word most because I thought one or two ebooks illegal wouldn't change the outcome if you then buy 10-20 ebooks. Or are you trying to say, that most of your ebooks are ones that cannot be bought and aren't part of some fancy freeware project and still on the p2p networks?
One reason often cited for downloading non-legit ebooks is that they're not available as legit ebooks (e.g. the Harry Potter books).

I'm not clear if "ebooks probably wouldn't exist at all without the legitimate publishers" refers to pbook publishers or ebook publishers.
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I'm not clear if "ebooks probably wouldn't exist at all without the legitimate publishers" refers to pbook publishers or ebook publishers.
Fine, I edited that. This was about ebooks and e-publishers. I guess one could extend this to pbooks regarding the answer option nr 3, but that's about it.
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- I don't buy e-books and will not start to do so until they are DRM free and meet quality demands I place on commercial products.
- I don't download books from the net (although it is perfectly legal in my country!) simply because the quality is too low.
- Most of my e-books are scans and OCRs of paper books I own.

I wonder: Am I a filthy pirate in this poll?
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:22 AM   #11
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- I don't buy e-books and will not start to do so until they are DRM free and meet quality demands I place on commercial products.
- I don't download books from the net (although it is perfectly legal in my country!) simply because the quality is too low.
- Most of my e-books are scans and OCRs of paper books I own.
What quality demands?

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I wonder: Am I a filthy pirate in this poll?
There is no exact option for your kind, I hope you aren't many. The buy version is more close to truth if you scan your own books, even while the method sounds like work.
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Fine, I edited that. This was about ebooks and e-publishers. I guess one could extend this to pbooks regarding the answer option nr 3, but that's about it.
Not sure it makes sense, still.

Arguably music downloads sales wouldn't exhaust without legitimate publishers like Apple. Same for stuff like stock photos, or porn....

But they do exist. It's a balance. It's called a marketplace. To repeat: price it right, and most of those interested will pay for it.

Even drug-dealers have figured this one out (or there'd be more DIY ("pirate") meth-heads burglarizing pharmacies :-)
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- I don't buy e-books and will not start to do so until they are DRM free and meet quality demands I place on commercial products.
There are many legal sources for DRM-free e-books. None of the books my company sells have DRM. Fictionwise has DRM-freebooks, as do many other resellers.
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But they do exist. It's a balance. It's called a marketplace. To repeat: price it right, and most of those interested will pay for it.
Yes, they now exist. It didn't used to be like that. They gave enough time for the piracy to get a foothold, but there is no such time for e-books. Also, a true world wide sales is pretty much a dream yet, if we include the movies and tv-series too. At least when we compare them to the e-publishing where most of the stuff isn't limited (yet) to only some countries.
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There are many legal sources for DRM-free e-books.
1) One of the legal sources is the P2P.
2) As I said, I have a strict quality demands. I expect a bought e-book to be of the same quality as a paper book, not something with OCR artifacts on every other page.

And, obviously, the books I would buy would have to be those that I am interested in, which kind of rules out e.g. Baen.
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