A new study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature has found that digital books are being illegally downloaded from multiple websites.
The study found that nearly half of all the illegally downloaded books published worldwide in 2016 were digital, including books from some of the biggest publishers.
A similar study by Amazon found that one in four digital books were downloaded illegally in 2016.
The digital books, as a whole, are now downloaded almost 40 percent more frequently than printed books.
The latest report from IUCN (the International Union of Conservation of Natural Resources) also showed that more than 50 percent of the pirated books are now being sold on illegal bookshops and on other online platforms.
The report noted that in many countries, digital books have become the new digital currency, with the price of one ebook now nearly $3,000.
While there are many different ways to acquire digital books online, many have proven to be successful in the short-term.
For example, in 2016, the first year the study was conducted, more than 20 million books were purchased for less than $50 each.
The most popular way to acquire books online is via a “cloud book service,” which provides access to all books available for purchase.
However, the new study shows that cloud book services are also being used to illegally acquire digital titles.
The new report found that in 2016 more than half of the illegal books downloaded were from cloud book service providers.
“In the cloud, there is no legal way for authors to sell books to the general public, or for publishers to charge consumers for the right to download books, or to make a profit from them,” the report says.
“There is no incentive to pay for the rights to the books in order to protect their authors from legal action.
As a result, these services have been a primary way of stealing books from authors, publishers and bookshackers.”
The study, titled “The Digital Economy: A Threat to Creativity,” was conducted by the IUC Naturaleza (the National Union of the Natura) and IUCF (the Intergovernmental Commission for the Conservation of Biological Diversity), along with the UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme).
The report was released Wednesday in Geneva.
The researchers also looked at how publishers and authors were benefiting from the illegal ebook distribution.
For instance, Amazon, the biggest publisher in the world, reported that in 2018, there were more than 100,000 ebooks available for sale on its website.
Amazon, which has about $8.2 billion in annual sales, is among the biggest sellers of digital books.
Amazon also has its own website and ebook store, but its Kindle platform is not as popular as other e-book stores.
In the U.S., Apple’s iBooks, which is part of Apple’s iPad line of devices, has been downloaded more than 10 million times since it launched in March 2016.
Apple’s eBooks were downloaded nearly 2.7 million times last year, according to Alexa.
The IUCNF report notes that “this trend has not been limited to the United States.”
In the last two years, the digital economy has also become a significant source of income for publishers, with Amazon alone taking in $10.9 billion in profits from its digital ebook business.
“Publishers have also benefited from a steady influx of profits from the digital market, which, in turn, has increased their revenues,” the IUPN report says, adding that publishers have “no incentive to invest in research or production” in order “to stay ahead of their competition.”
“This has led to the rise of e-commerce and digital publishing platforms, which are often associated with a low barrier of entry to enter and grow in the digital space,” the study said.
In 2016, more books were published online than in print.
In 2017, digital publishers made up nearly 20 percent of all e-books published worldwide.
“These figures are a reflection of the high penetration of ebooks in general in the marketplace,” the authors write.
“This is also reflected in the relatively low price of digital ebooks, which was significantly lower than the price for printed books.”
The report concludes that publishers are “a primary beneficiary of the digital ecosystem,” but it also warns that “there is an urgent need to address the issues that arise from the growing digital economy and its effects on the creative industries.”
The authors say that publishers must work together to prevent “illegal distribution and exploitation” of digital content and “to increase their financial sustainability.”
The IUP Naturaeza is a United Nations-sponsored group that coordinates the development of policies, policies and programs to conserve biodiversity, protect ecosystems and promote sustainable economic growth.
The United Nations World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the official U.N. agency charged with the protection and conservation of wildlife.
The group’s website has more information on how to protect wildlife.