Breaking Down E-book Theft
Whatsapp Pinterest

You might have inadvertently supported e-book piracy. With more and more books turning up in electronic format, it welcomed piracy with open arms. How much have authors and publishers lost from piracy, and what can we do about it?

Breaking Down E-book Theft whos stealing ebooks

via WhoIsHostingThis?

Explore more about: Ebooks, Infographic.

Enjoyed this article? Stay informed by joining our newsletter!

Enter your Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Dred
    July 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

    When publishers stop the practice of selling ebooks for the same price of printed books only then will pirating of ebooks reduce.

  2. StuM
    July 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    People who download pirated books aren't the same people who would buy the books in the first place and I think the same goes for music and films.

    Piracy is wrong but socially acceptable and therefore happens.

    There is even a market in the sale of pirated movies, doesn't that tell people something.

    I think people would be happy to give money to an author for an ebook if they were not as expensive as a real book, knowing that the difference is going only to the publisher for wrapping it in a digital cover, something anyone can do these days.

    And just as Lutz Haha mentioned, people have been sharing books for decades and then reselling them, oxfam and many other charities have made a fortune for good causes over the years doing this. It is these organisations that will suffer the most in the long term.

  3. Mac W
    July 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Sorry to say but this article is very difficult to read. Looks very nice but grey on grey, small font, Headlines size jumps...
    Reading the comments I thin k I get some of the information

    Please, come back to basic - content over design

  4. Tejas S
    July 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    yes.. I'd steal it.. read it.. and if like the book i'll definitely buy it ..

  5. Eric Jay P
    July 12, 2014 at 4:09 am

    long live paulo coelho.

  6. Jon Green
    July 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I should add to my last comment that Doctorow's books are published for sale too. You don't have to read them at his site. In fact, I'd encourage you to buy them, to encourage him in his campaign to rewrite the rules of copyright. But do read them, however you do so. They're some of the most intelligent geek-story books out there, particularly those ("Little Brother", "Homeland") targeted at young adult, but a roaring read for any age.

  7. Jon Green
    July 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Cory Doctorow gets a brief mention in the article. But his way of publishing bears scrutiny.

    Doctorow publishes his books for free, at He then encourages people, if they enjoyed it, to purchase a copy for *someone else* - specifically, librarians and class teachers, who can register requests for copies with the site.

    So Doctorow and - crucially - his publisher get sales and royalties, but people can read, exchange and pass on his works without fear of the Copyright Police hammering down their doors.

    Funnily enough, Doctorow (1) gets a lot of goodwill from people who are delighted to "try before they buy", and (2) doesn't seem to do too badly out of it. Oh, and the institutions getting their free (to them) copies bought by grateful readers don't seem to object too highly, either.

  8. Lutz Haha
    July 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Well, this is all nice (or not). But does it reflect that like in the good old times books were lent to friends, family and co-workers, they were re-sold in the second hand market and - when expensive - even copy'd? No, it's not. So yes, there might me a theoretical sales potential. But not every pirated book would have been bought.

    Who by the way did look out for those poor poets in the past? Is society really responsible for every single person that calls itself a poet to have food on the table by selling his (e)books?

    Same goes for music. Remember the tape times. When we were listening to the chart shows in our radio and just recorded, what we like'd? No, today you should pay for every freaky "artist" to make sure that the music industry secures it's billions of revenue.

    So - keep on writing/singing. Offer quality books/music. Get your audience bey delivering something thats worth it. Then they will pay.

    Cheers, Lutz

    • michel
      July 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Society doesn't owe anybody a living. But that's different than allowing people's work and property to be made off with against the laws.