In 2011, book publishers in India lost up to $387,000 (20 Million Indian Rupees) to book piracy. In the first three months of 2012, almost half that amount was estimated to have been lost to piracy.
In the city of Bangalore, the Central Crime Branch believes that there are over 20 underground chains of book piracy groups who copy books and sell them on the black market. Up to 5 pirated books groups enter the industry each year.
Authorities seized over 50,000 pirated copies of books in 2011 across the country.
Source: Sheetal Sukhija, “Enter the piracy kingdom of Bangalore,” IBN, April 14, 2012.