iBook piracy to follow that of music?

Fazzl

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I hope this is not against the rules but just wondering what everyone though about this topic.

Do you think epub piracy will replicate what happened to mp3 with online downloads and torrents?
 

troop231

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I hope this is not against the rules but just wondering what everyone though about this topic.

Do you think epub piracy will replicate what happened to mp3 with online downloads and torrents?
Yes, it has begun already since Kindle
 

grahamtearne

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If you are asking if the piracy of books will increase then the answer to that is a resounding yes because now its possible for people to get hold of the pirated material and have something to access them on that is portable and efficient.

If you are asking if it will be on the same scale as music though I dont believe it will be even close. My reasoning behind this is that on the whole people who read appreciate things somewhat more. Yes this is a gross generalization, but anyone can listen to music right? Not everyone has the patience or even the intellegence to read and absorb what they are reading, so I believe most people who enjoy books will continue to enjoy them legally.

The emergance of eBooks will in some ways increase piracy but at the same time increase sales because people who never used to read may actually buy a book or two now because its feasible and 'cool' to read on an electronic device.
 

cualexander

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There has been book piracy since the net began. Nothing will change. Only thing I have noticed is I seem to have problems with converted epubs. It is like iBooks has to format them correctly or something so there is a lag before they start working. Just like the iTunes store though, most people when given a legal easy way to purchase digital goods will avoid the hassle and just purchase from the iBook store, especially since you can't get books into iBooks on the go unless bought from Apple.
 

gwynne

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If you mean ebooks in general, it's been going on for at least ten years, waaaay before the Kindle. Before digital copies were readily available, people scanned the books a page at a time with OCR software. True story.
 

Fazzl

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to the person who said you have to go through apple to get books into ibooks, i got a epub off a wellknown green torrent site (lol) and it loaded up just fine on my ipad's ibook app
 

mac jones

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I agree that it won't get as bad as music

But the silver lining to this is that if it ever does get out of control they can always just revert back to pulp.

scanning paperbacks will never pose a threat.
 

avaloncourt

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to the person who said you have to go through apple to get books into ibooks, i got a epub off a wellknown green torrent site (lol) and it loaded up just fine on my ipad's ibook app
I stripped the DRM off my Kindle books, converted them with Calibre and they're loaded into iTunes waiting for my 3G to eventually show up.

I also have downloaded several library books off the Overdrive system, stripped the DRM and they're loaded too. No conversion required.

I'll have plenty to keep me busy.
 

applesupergeek

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to the person who said you have to go through apple to get books into ibooks, i got a epub off a wellknown green torrent site (lol) and it loaded up just fine on my ipad's ibook app
What is a green torrent site, as opposed to colourless torrent sites?:confused:
 

kas23

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Yes, this will get worse. Of course it is already going on, but the more eReaders become commonplace in the wild, the more files there will be. I think this is what worried the publishing industry so much.
 

flyguy206

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The book publishers don't play. They will have the site shut down if they find people having books on their site.
 

0dev

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If it exists digitally, it is pirated. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as music pirates actually spend more money on buying it.

The whole piracy thing is very complex, but the view most people have of it (usually because of the RIAA, MPAA, etc) is very one sided.

If you're interested, watch Steal This Film II.
 

BruiserBear

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I hate people that think they are entitled to steal stuff like this. Get a job and pay for it you freeloaders.
 

0dev

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I hate people that think they are entitled to steal stuff like this. Get a job and pay for it you freeloaders.
Theft is depriving someone else of their property. Piracy is infringing copyright.

Sounds like someone believes the MPAA propaganda...