In Spain, Has the Increase in Ebook Releases Reduced Piracy?

In Discussion by Andrés Delgado Darnalt

Increased market supply appears to be having an impact on Spanish ebook piracy, though it remains a widespread problem.

By Andrés Delgado Darnalt

Anti PiracyEbook 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.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Andrés Delgado Darnalt


Andrés Delgado Darnalt is a Colombian journalist based in Bogotá, where he studied social communication at Javeriana University. He obtained his MBA from London School of Commerce-Cardiff Metropolitan University, and has studied at the Book Publishing Training Center. He has worked in events and public relations with the Bogotá International Book Fair (FILBO) as well as with other companies and public offices, and he has served as a project editor and consultant in digital and academic publishing.