Articles in the New York Times and the Bookseller are reporting that pirated copies of Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol are appearing on the net. The interesting thing about the articles is that somehow the authors seem surprised by this.
Sorry, we live in a new age and books will follow the track that everything else has taken. I notice how that wonderful technology, DRM, has protected the books from being pirated. Not! All it has done is prevent legitimate buyers from purchasing their own copies – because buyers want to own their books, not to lease them. So in the end the publishing industry is loosing sales to pirates and to legitimate customers both. Way to go guys!
PS: I wonder how many copies of the pirated edition are from scanned books. Maybe publishers should stop putting out hard copy as well. This would really protect them.