By Andrés Delgado Darnalt
Ebook piracy still remains a problem in Spain, but appears on the wane: according to the latest version of the Observatory of Piracy and Consumption Habits of Digital Content, 12 out of 100 online users (PDF) in Spain have downloaded pirated books. While this is certainly not as bad as the overall figures from two years ago, which suggested nearly half of all ebook content was downloaded illegally, piracy still remains an important challenge for publishers. The report states that there have been around 226.9 million attempts to access ebooks online illicitly in the country and that the loss for the industry (known in Spanish as lucro cesante) amounts to approximately €45 million.
The apparent decrease in piracy has run parallel to a plunge in print publishing figures and an increase in eBook publishing. The latest report by the Spanish government on the publishing industry reveals that all publishing industry bodies in Spain are optimistic about the rise of ebook publishing and reading (PDF). According to the PEEL report, 2012 saw a total of 20,708 new ebook titles, a 12.9% increase from the previous year. However, internal trade figures reveal that ebook sales are still a small percentage of income from book sales in Spain (€72.58 million, or 2.6% of the market).
As with anything to do with piracy, it is difficult to draw concrete conclusions, but there certainly appears to be a link between the two trends.
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