Troubleshooting the Most Pirated Books of 2009

9781592573271H23.jpgWhat does it mean when an eBook is pirated? That publishers are doing something right, or doing something wrong? The website FreakTorrent revisited their annual list of the most pirated digital books today.

Surprisingly, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga only came in at number seven (despite dominating the print bestseller charts), topped by a Photoshop book and the self-help title, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex.” The site reported that the most popular books were downloaded between 100,000 and 250,000 times. The complete list follows after the jump.

What do you think? Over at TeleRead, Paul Biba took the list as an opportunity to chastise publishers for their eBook policies. Here’s a quote: “Simon & Schuster shot itself in the foot by not publishing an ebook of Stephen King’s Under the Dome, as it was almost immediately available on the net within days. How many sales did they loose by delaying ebook release? Note that Rowling and King are among the top 25 most pirated books. All those sales lost, lost lost because publishers don’t understand the ebook space.”