Unsurprisingly, e-book piracy is already rampant and poised to worsen

Anti-piracy product maker Attributor posted some new research on its blog relating to the piracy of a fairly new medium, the e-book, as run on such devices as the Kindle and Kobo.

So what are some of the findings? For starters, Attributor found a 50 percent increase in online searches for pirated downloads throughout the past year, with as many as three million daily - yes, daily - Google queries for pirated e-books.

Apple's iPad has fuelled the fire, as the report noted a 20 percent increase in demand for pirated downloads since the tablet computer became available in Spring 2010, with a 54 percent increase in pirated e-book demand since August 2009.

And you don't need to perform any in-depth research to know that these numbers will only rise from here. With many more tablets staged to come to market in 2011, and non-tablet e-readers also still showing signs of strong growth, it's only a matter of time before somebody busts out a Napster for e-books.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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