• Pirates and Hackers Taking Aim at iPad, eBooks, and New Frontiers

    Incredible but true, there are now more books available through Apple’s App Store than there are games.

    According to Mobclix, the App Store currently offers (roughly) 26,500 books, about 19% of the total apps available. Conversely, only 25,000 games are available - 18% of the App Store’s total volume. It's the first time that the game category has been bumped to second place.

    And, believe it or not, this could be the wave of the future, not a flash in the pan. As a result, some are wondering what Apple will do to help curb the exploding practice of ebook piracy.

    While we often don't consider this phenomenon very frequently, it has become an "issue" for Apple, but mostly for publishers. After all, within twenty-four hours of the 2009 release of Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol," the ebook was illegally downloaded more than 100,000 times.

    And the problem is bound to get worse before it gets any better. The popularity of ebooks, after all, will only take off further when the iPad finally reaches consumers later this month. Consequently, it seems the pressure on Apple is mounting to take greater measures to reduce ebook piracy. But it isn't exactly clear what Apple can really do about it. So regardless of rampant piracy concerns, the digital book revolution has begun. And the train is moving much too fast for any publisher aboard to jump off now.

    From the UK's "Guardian" publication last month:

    As e-readers become ubiquitous, publishers know they need to go digital. And being digital, no matter how much drm you shove in, means content will be pirated. Anyone will be able to get any new book you want if you know how to look for it.
    Of course, the perceived "panic" among publishers could also be dramatically blown out of proportion. While music and film piracy has been around for years, ebook piracy is fairly new. And no matter how big the business of ebooks becomes, chances are that digital films, music, and games will always prove a bigger target for hackers, pirates, and jailbreakers than the latest James Patterson novel.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pirates and Hackers Taking Aim at iPad, eBooks, and New Frontiers started by Michael Essany View original post
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