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Study: eBook piracy is on the rise

As the popularity of eBooks and eReaders continues to increase, eBook piracy is also growing rapidly, ReadWriteWeb reports. According to Attributor, a company that develops anti-piracy and content monitoring solutions, the daily demand for pirated books can be estimated at up to 3 million people worldwide. The company’s latest study also highlights that the total interest in documents from file-sharing sites has increased more than 50 percent over the course of the last year. Interestingly, eBook piracy is moving away from large sites like RapidShare to smaller sites and those that specialize in pirated eBooks. Unlike the music industry, the leading publishing houses haven’t resorted to suing eBook pirates yet, but while the publishing industry has been more open about allowing DRM-free content on the market, most of the eBook content that is for sale today is still crippled by DRM. Sharing books—just like sharing music—is deeply ingrained in our culture, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that a lot of people would use these illegal conduits to access pirated content…

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