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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Authors demand drive to raise readers' awareness of book piracy's cost

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Authors fear book piracy ... skull and crossbones. Photograph: Ian Mckinnell/Getty Images 


A campaign is needed to educate the new wave of e-reader owners that downloading illegal ebooks from torrent sites is theft, amid signs that the piracy of books is increasing, authors claim.

Crime writer David Hewson, author of the Italy-set Nic Costa novels, said a campaign along the lines of "People Who Love Books Don't Steal Books" was urgently required – because readers who consider themselves his fans are downloading pirated copies of his ebooks and audiobooks.


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Read more (courtesy Guardian)

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