Italian Publishers: Book Piracy Cost $856.7 Million in 2021

In 2021, a new report indicates, Italians carried out an average 322,000 acts of book piracy per day, a major challenge for publishing. During the course of the still-ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, book piracy has cost the Italian book publishing industry €771 million (US$856.7 million) as well as an estimated 5,400 jobs.

That’s the top-line finding of a second round of research conducted by IPSOs and just released today (March 29) by Gli Editori, a research partnership formed by the Association of Italian Publishers (Associazione Italiana Editori, AIE) and the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers (Federazione Italiana Editori Giornali, FIEG). This is the follow-up to the 2019 study.

For additional information on this Publishing Perspectives article: Piracy

Photo: GLI Editori session on 2021 book piracy at Rome’s cultural ministry, March 30. Image: AIE