I don't think we can stop others from copying – it's a lost cause. Copying is actually wonderful, and I have copied my head off since I first snuck into the photocopy room at my dad's office in 1980. My problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity, and free ebooks generate more sales than they displace.At The Guardian Science fiction writer Cory Doctorow explains why free ebooks should be apart of the plot for writers. He puts all his books online (for example, you can download Hugo nominated Little Brother here) as soon as they are released in print.
Meanwhile, The Independent has a guide to the top 10 most pirated eBooks of 2009 via BitTorrent (a free file-sharing application), self-help and sex being the most popular topics. Be warned - one or two of these titles are banned in Malaysia, including The Kama Sutera. (Ahem!)
But legitimate ebook sales are taking off too - so let's have no more cynicism about whether it will happen. Amazon.com revealed back in May that 35% of book sales are for the Kindle in areas where it is available.