A very cursory search (less than 20 seconds!) had me looking at lists and lists of pirated ebooks available for instant download in Kindle and ePub as well as of course pdf versions. On average, each pirated file contained approximately 1,000 titles ! Yes, hundreds of files containing thousands of titles.
So what can be done about this? Well, the answer is extremely simple. Nothing at all.
As was discovered very painfully over many years with music, there is no point fighting. There are so many forms, avenues and methods of pirating and distributing material on the internet that it is impossible to police, control or even restrict the activities of copyright pirates.
So will we now discover that digitised books follow the same pattern as digitised music? Will the iPod effect now become the Kindle effect? Where the device is loaded with 95% free (or pirated) material and only 5% of paid material.
And will $0.99 become the value of a legal copy of a book? I hope not, as even a CD of 12 tracks still fetches $15.00 as a legal downloadable file.
It seems though that the market decision has been made. An ebook is never going to be worth anywhere near the same as a 45 year old 45 minute digitised music album of The Beatles For Sale.