SURVEY: Are Book Pirates Fulfilling Unmet Demand?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Piracy

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

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business exclusively since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.