A couple of days ago I was linked to an article in The Economist suggesting that soon people will stop using shelves for books and adorn them exclusively with knick knacks, much like that old lady you used to know who kept a faux-mahogany sitting room for special occasions (like drinking chintz out of the posh tea set). The blame for this lies squarely at the feet of ePublishing and the kindle and will lead to seven plagues and the death of literacy. Or something.
The article touches on the matter of eBook piracy, which is a very touchy subject and is often tagged onto the End of Publishing debate without much explanation. I’ve read articles by a few authors saying it is A Very Bad Thing, and still more articles by different authors saying that actually it can raise your profile and boost sales. A summary googling of the topic came up with piracy articles dating back over several years, which I shall now bullet point for your indifference: Continue reading