As of July 2009, book piracy on e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle has not caused a large impact on sales. This comes from an Associated Press report that states, “Piracy has been one concern for rights holders, although illegal works have yet to have a measurable impact on sales.”
In one month, textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons sent 5,000 notices to various websites asking them to take down pirated copies of their books from the site.
Similarly, one single website was offering over 5,000 college textbooks in PDFs.
Below is the estimated losses faced by each country to book piracy. The figures is the most current data for book piracy from the International Intellectual Property Alliance.
Internet piracy in the United Kingdom is responsible for half of all Internet traffic in the country. 7 million people are estimated to access illegal downloads each year. The piracy of movies, music, books, software and video games is valued at $19 Billion (12 Billion British Pounds).
Book piracy in Myanmar causes the book industry in the country to lose $4 Million a year.
Book piracy is the unauthorized copying and distribution of books that are protected by copyright.
US Book Publishers lost an estimated $600 million to book piracy in 2006.
Piracy in Russia in 2007 caused losses in excess of $1.4 Billion for US copyright industries, such as movies, music and books.
Book piracy, movie piracy, software piracy and music piracy caused a total loss of $156 Million in Pakistan in 2007.
Pirated books account for up to 30 percent of space in most bookstores in the capital city of Kathmandu.
In 1985, the estimated losses from pirated books around the world was $1 Million.