PIRACY PIRACY PIRACY !!!! Seems nobody mentions it when discussions of eBooks come up. I have an eBook reader. It's a nice thing, I admit. Especially for longer books that typically only come in thick editions with tiny tiny fonts. Its easy on the eyes, comfortable to carry, etc. But the fact that anyone can go online and download whatever eBook they want for free and upload it to an eReader is a bit troubling for me. I imagine for every one person who legally buys an eBook, there are probably dozens, if not hundreds who download them illegally. I do not make my living as a writer (yet), and the thought that I could spend a year or more writing my heart out, only to have my work stolen and uploaded is not encouraging. Lets be honest, the current system of digital rights management (DRM) is a joke, and its easy for people to remove the code which keeps eBooks from being copyable. Then again, maybe this is an equalizer of sorts. Only the truly talented authors will become profitable, and the rest will remain amateurs, just like the old days.