The following infographic from WhoIsHostingThis? provides some fascinating stats on eBook piracy, DRM, and other publishing industry efforts to combat file sharing.
But here’s the thing: you shouldn’t worry about Piracy.
It’s been years since Amazon’s first Kindle came out. Now that so much time has passed, I think it’s safe to look at the marketplace and say that the publishing industry will not encounter anything close to the level of piracy suffered by the music industry.
Either eBooks and digital music are completely different beasts (they are) or the publishing industry learned from the missteps of their music business counterparts — or a bit of both. But no matter what the reason, the data illustrates that, as always, OBSCURITY is the enemy of independent authors, NOT piracy.
Check out the infographic below, take some deep breaths, and then figure out how to better market yourself online, how to improve your craft, and how to take your writing career to the next level. Piracy is one thing that ISN’T standing in the way of your success.
What do you think? Are publishers and authors getting worked up about the wrong things, or has piracy significantly hurt your eBook sales? Let us know in the comments below.