Head on over to Murderati, where I blogged about where I think publishing may be headed in the decades to come.
And for those who doubt that anyone who downloads for free would actually pay for the books, here’s an interesting news bit, which I first mentioned over on Murderati yesterday:
“Within just one week of implementing Europeâ€™s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED), Sweden has already seen legal digital music downloads double, according to one digital media distributor.
One report last week said Swedenâ€™s overall internet traffic was down by 30 percent a day after the lawâ€™s introduction. A 100 percent hike in pay-for music downloads seems unlikely – but thatâ€™s what digital white-label distributor InProdicon tells Swedenâ€™s English-language TheLocal.se site, which says the company supplies half of all Swedenâ€™s legal music downloads.”
So free downloads were indeed sucking up profits — and once free downloads were made illegal, music profits from LEGAL downloads increased by 100% in Sweden.