SURVEY: Are Book Pirates Fulfilling Unmet Demand?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


Today’s feature story looks at a new study that reveals organized teams of pirates that have scanned 30-35,000 comics. The study also reveals that of the 50 best-selling comics, 58% of these are not available as e-books.¬†One way of looking at the situation is to see the piracy as a response to unmet demand. In publishing circles, it’s not uncommon to hear something similar about all piracy. So how do you feel about the situation? Is this an accurate characterization? Or is it a convenient excuse for illegal, predatory activity? What purpose does it ultimately serve? Tell us how you feel and please explore the question further in the comments section below.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.