Podcast: Batten down the hatches – How we're combatting book piracy

The piracy of ebooks and audiobooks is one of the most debated issues in publishing. Whether people are discussing ways to combat piracy, or whether it's even an issue worth our concern, the fact of the matter is that there are people stealing books.

In this month's podcast, we attempt to get inside the mind of a pirate to figure out what anti-piracy strategies are most effective. We also offer other (legal!) ways of getting free books and talk with Canadian publisher ECW about how the industry is (or isn't) fighting back against book theft.

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Further reading

Inside the mind of a book pirate (Digimarc)

Online copyright infringement tracker survey (Gov.uk)

'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series (The Guardian)

Pirate websites received 300 billion visits globally (Good E-Reader)

Ebook piracy is on the rise in 2018 (Good E-Reader)

When will YouTube deal with its audiobook and podcast piracy problem? (Observer)

HarperCollins introduces digital watermarks in ebooks (Good E-Reader)

Authors: Piracy is not your enemy (Author Media)

Music pirates buy 30 percent more songs than non-filesharers: Study (Huffington Post)

EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn't hurt sales (Engadget)

Does Canada even have a huge piracy problem? (Vice)

We need to rethink the value of content and how we compensate content creators (The Startup)

'Slippery slope': Opposition mounts to Canadian media's plan to block piracy websites (CBC)

Canada's new campaign fights online piracy with worker's stories (Medium)

NAFTA's cultural exception top priority for Canada heading into negotiations (Quill & Quire)

Pottermore CEO explains the DRM-free decision (Good E-Reader)