Booker Prize Winner

Kim Dotcom assists in solving the Booker Prize novel distribution problems

Taking out the Booker Prize for Literature is an amazing feat.  It is like a Nobel Prize, a Rugby World Championship and an Olympic gold medal all in one.

So well done, Eleanor Catton, who won the Booker Prize for her epic novel The Luminaries.

As expected, winning the Prize has made getting hold of a copy of the book rather difficult.  Library waiting  lists are into the hundreds, and book shops have sold all their advanced copies.

Living in an electronic world, my immediate reaction was “Surely there isn’t a shortage of the book delivered for the Kindle, or other e-book reader?”.

A quick search of Amazon.com proved that not only was the electronic version easy to get hold of, after taking the exchange rate into account, it was also cheaper and provides you essentially immediate access.  No need to pre-order, or go on a long waiting list.

Next I wondered if the book had managed to make itself to the hands of those people that remove the encryption and digital rights management.  A bit of poking around the Internet, and it turns out it can already be obtained for free.  Instant download.   Read more »