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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > eBook Piracy Increased Significantly After iPad Launch

eBook Piracy Increased Significantly After iPad Launch

eBook Piracy Increased Significantly After iPad Launch

Added: Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Taking into account that 500 thousand iPads were sold only within the 1st week, the new gadget from Apple is definitely a thing you should to be reckoned with. The publishers consider iPad a potential menace to their profits, and so the research was carried out in order to discover how the eBook piracy has been developing during the last week. Can you predict the results?

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The launch of Apple’s iPod registered a considerable change in the music business. If you recall 2001 (that’s when iPod was first introduced), you’ll remember no digital music Internet shops. However, by the end of the decade their number had overgrown the number of physical ones.

Now it is the turn of the book industry to experience a significant change for eBooks, and all over again it’s the Apple’s device which is expected to play a decisive role in the process. Most of the book publishers expect the worst, as they have seen the changes in the music industry. Of course, the piracy is considered to be a great menace there, but are these fears actually justified? Let’s look at the statistics.

In order to find out whether the launch of Apple’s iPad is having any affect on eBook piracy, the numbers of downloaded titles were compared before and after the release. First top ten eBooks from Amazon were chosen as a focus for the research. But none of those books turned to be available online neither on BitTorrent networks nor on different file-hosting sites or Usenet. That’s already a clear signal that eBook piracy is not as widespread as the publishers fear.

After the decision was turned to the top ten business paperback books, the study showed the following:

- 6 of 10 books were found on BitTorrent available. The download numbers were tracked during week prior to iPad launch and several days after it.

- the number of illegal downloads increased by 78%, which is quite a significant figure.

- all of the books became more eagerly sought for downloaders after the iPad release.

So the results show that on the one hand there’s a considerable iPad effect on eBook piracy, but on other hand the relative download numbers are very small if compared to music or movies. It is probably due to the fact that most books are still not available in a paperback version, so buying it via an online shop is more convenient than trying to get an illegal copy.


By:
SaM
April 14th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, April 14th, 2010



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Blocked (2010-04-14 21:10:21)
iamezaz avatarIe will increase eventually people will find free alternatives:))

2
posted by (2010-04-16 07:38:09)
No avatari think if the publishers would put out a e-book for a price that reflects the cost of making it u would not have so many pirated e-books. A some one who looks for e-books regularly i can tell you that the price for most of them is still ridicules. especially if u r buying any thing even remotely academic they still want 70 and 80 dollars for something with no cost to make.

this is a rather long winded way of saying that the publishers only have them self's to blame.

3
posted by (2010-04-16 08:07:06)
kendog avatarThanks sam,

Another great article. A nice read.



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