E-Books warning

In 2018, only in the United States, the hacking of the e-books caused distributors, publishers and authors the loss of $ 300,000,000.

The e-book is caught, or simply bought, and placed on sales channels (with the support of website and App) that seem to be completely legal, or the files are made available for the buyers who can download them via BitTorrent.

It was thought that the eBook low price would have discouraged the piracy, however, data reveal the contrary, showing that there are users who prefer to save as much as possible (by only paying little money for a monthly subscription) or to obtain the work totally for free. To increase the spread of the piracy, many people manage, moderate or join - as experts - the forum discussions, answering the users’ questions on how to get the books for free or ‘almost’ for free. The so-called “influencers” can always appear disinterested and altruistic.

It is estimated that in Germany the 90% of the e-books is pirated and beyond the control of distributors, publishers and authors. So it is in other European countries as well as Russia and the Eastern Countries.

Authors see e-book as an opportunity to have success and to gain more, and also the publishers think it could represent a solution to bypass the printing costs and to sell more easily, but due to the easiness of illegal diffusion, the e-book market lets - directly or indirectly - gain other people, and often compromises not only authors but also publishers and distributors’ possibility of gaining.

With the works only published in paper version, there is always the possibility to know how many copies of a book have been sold. The publisher who is not willing to publish e-books, is seen as a nostalgic and anti-technologic operator, not up-to-date at all and almost “not cultural” because he is not able to evolve following the new models of cultural spread. However, if there won’t be technological and regulatory remedies to the piracy phenomena, all the publishers will be forced to go back to the classical book to safeguard their and their authors’ interests.
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