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.