Seeing a ton of conversation about book piracy today and I do agree that this is a problem and that folks who live books by authors should attempt other means of getting them than piracy, such as libraries.

It's been a long time since I looked into this, so anyone with more current information, please do correct/update me. When I reported on eBooks and libraries not long ago, the problem was that getting an eBook was still an overly complicated process.
What happens when the legal means of doing a thing is complicated or complex? Folks reach for the easier solution. And in the case of ebooks, that's piracy.

Now pause: don't take this to mean I think book piracy is justified.
What I do think is that I see authors spending energy railing against book piracy, trying to inform readers of why they shouldn't, etc., when readers are not the folks who need to be pressured most.

Publishers are.
Again, things have likely changed since I last reported on this, but not long ago getting an eBook from your local library was not always straightforward. The ease depended on what type of device you have (eInk eReader, phone/tablet, other) and what tech your library uses.
It also depended on your personal level of tech savvyness. And libraries serve many populations that aren't very tech savvy for many reasons, which means librarians have to help them navigate this more.
There were some easier to use systems, like Amazon Kindle whispersync for libraries. I know that not everyone was on board with that because Amazon (also some privacy stuff). I think now Overdrive is the easiest, which makes me happy as that company has been working hard on this.
One of the reasons why things had been & probably still are more complex than they needed to be was due to publishers putting a chokehold on innovation out of fear that lending ebooks made them too easy to obtain and people wouldn't ever buy books if they could get them for free.
If you think I am exaggerating that last point, think again. Here's the article I wrote on this subject. Scroll down to see the quote from the president of Simon & Schuster:…

Longer quotes from her here:…
As you can see from those quotes, at least one (probably many) publishers did not see libraries as a solution to piracy, but a thing that helped it along. Even though the Overdrive president told them many times that library eBooks don't show up as pirated files that often.
And I believe librarians will tell you that this argument about how libraries will make people less likely to buy books is a very old one. Which is... well, you know what it is.
The point is this: piracy happens for many reasons, but a big one is ease and convenience. Consumers, especially in the West, do not like to jump through hoops for their entertainment. They will take the easy path. If getting an eBook from the library involves 10 steps, well...
That said, if publishers stopped treating both consumers AND libraries AND library patrons as the enemy/criminals and worked with the various technology companies to make eBook lending very easy for as many people as possible, that would go a long way to helping.
I doubt anything can fully stop piracy. That said, keep reminding folks that it does have impact and cost. But don't *just* focus on readers. Focus on ALL the people and entities responsible for why piracy happens. Agitate for THEM to change as well.
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