Online pirates pounce on new Harry Potter book - Yahoo! News
I don't condone such things as illicit trading of files. That is so wrong. But here's something interesting, the new Harry Potter is available on the internet as a file. I understand from some more research that you can download it as either a .rtf, .pdf, .txt, or a .lit file. The latter means you can read it on your pocket pc devise.
The book sold, according to one article
8.9 million copies in the US and the UK. That is a huge number of books and truly all the fans of Harry Potter have probably bought the book. So it could be argued that those who are taking advantage of the various copies on the Internet probably wanted to have a copy for their computer, and I doubt these copies have had a negative effect on sales.