As reported by telecoms.com, it seems people are starting to pay for content rather than steal it. As much as I hate Apple, they did get consumers to buy music. While the focus of BitTorret traffic is largely audio and video, I can only hope the decrease applies to books, too. I really hope people will start buying professional books.
I've had authors related tales of 1,000s of downloads of their books from pirate sites. I suspect that most of those downloads don't really represents lost sales. Still, I'm seeing a steady decline in book purchases, in any format. That needs to change.