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SURVEY: Are Book Pirates Fulfilling Unmet Demand?

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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  1. Posted January 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Only if hunger would be the excuse for the theft of food – even the flimsy excuse for the petty theft of an apple, piracy of intellectual property can be declared as legal. As there are – at least in developed countries – public libraries with very low fees on the one hand and a huge amount of free content on the other hand, there is a lack of arguments for piracy. Pirats are thieves and remain thieves, those on sea as those in the web.

    Arndt Bertelsmann, Publisher, W. Bertelsmann Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany

  2. TheSFReader
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    How about an option :
    Piracy will always exist, but will be marginalized if publishers meet demand with reasonable conditions ??

    That’s my POV.

  3. Logic
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ve bought Manga. Why? Because I read it online first. If I hadn’t seen it online I’d have never even discovered it. The book sellers gained a customer from someone who would have never picked it up in the shop. Simple as that.

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