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Publishing Perspectives reports that figures from a publishing industry lobby in Spain purport to show that the piracy rate for e-books has risen from 40% in 2010 to 49% in 2011—that is, almost half of all e-book content available online in Spain is being distributed without the copyright holders’ permission. While some challenge the neutrality of the figures, newspaper reporter Antonio Fraguas Garrido, who has been following copyright issues for a while, points out that they are the only numbers anyone has so far been able to provide.

It seems to me that since English-language e-books have driven the e-book revolution so far, books in other languages have been slower to get off the ground. But as demand for legitimate e-books ramps up, you can bet demand for pirated ones will ramp up, too.

 
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