E-books: New bounty for Internet pirates

Internet piracy has dealt heavy blows to the music industry over recent years. Now book publishers are complaining that the rapid spread of illegal electronic books threatens the overall commercial viability of e-books.It only takes one minute to save 80 euros or US$110 – illegally.Eighty euros is what a Java software guide book normally costs at an online retailer like Amazon; one minute is all it takes to download an electronic copy for free from one of the many illicit websites distributing books that should be protected by copyright.

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