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Book piracy sites in the U.S. 2017

According to a survey held in the United States in 2017, 50 percent of respondents admitted to using 4shared.com to access e-books illegally. Book sharing platforms like 4shared.com may appear innocent at first glance, but this particular site is the most popular among consumers looking to illegally download e-books, with Uploaded.net and Bookos.org ranking second and third as the most used websites for this purpose.

Does downloading e-books illegally really matter?

Illegal e-book downloads are a serious problem for authors, and present real risks to a writer’s career. This kind of piracy can directly affect an author’s income as genuine sales give way to free, illegal downloads which are shared across the web and passed from reader to reader.

Unfortunately, social media platforms only fuel this behavior. Reddit has multiple forums about e-book piracy. These forums allow users to discuss different piracy methods and give each other tips on the best illegitimate e-book download apps, websites and torrent files.

Can e-book piracy be stopped?

There are ongoing efforts to prevent e-book piracy from continuing or getting worse. Sadly this is not an easy task, given the sheer amount of options available to readers seeking ways to access paid content for free. Online guides for authors about illegal book downloads can help in tackling the problem when it arises or assist book writers in weighing up whether or not to try to address the issue. Methods such as digital rights management (DRM) could theoretically help to decrease illegal e-book distribution, but this is not a popular option as it heavily restricts how readers can access books online. Sadly though, e-book piracy is almost impossible to stop.

Most popular sites for downloading illegal e-books in the United States in 2017

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Sources

Release date

March 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Number of respondents

595 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The source does not specify the date of the survey or age of respondents.

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