Free E-book Sites To Be Blocked In UK

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UK Free e-book block

Following hot on the heels of the movie and music industries, the publishing industry in the UK is clamping down on piracy. From 9th June, major Internet Service Providers will be required to block access to free e-book sites, following a ruling in the High Court.

The Publishers Association brought a case regarding the following websites which distribute or provide links to free e-books:

  • AvaxHome
  • Bookfi
  • Bookre
  • Ebookee
  • Freebookspot
  • Freshwrap
  • LibGen


The PA identified that more than 80% of the items on the sites was copyrighted material. All of the sites named in the case were based outside the UK.

The Publishers Association’s chief executive Richard Mollet said, “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement.”

He continued, “Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works from such illegal activity. Writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material.”

The UK ISPs covered by this ruling are BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE.

The Publishers Association has also been attempting to get Google to take down links to around 1.75 million items on these sites.

One of the sites, Freebookspot, claims it has deleted over 10,000 free e-book titles, but still provides a search service, bringing it within the scope of the ruling.

How do you feel about ISPs being forced to block access to content on the internet? Do you download free e-books? What’s access like where you live? Let us know in the comments below or by Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.

  Source: BBC
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