Online piracy can boost comic book sales, research finds

(20 February 2017) A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up.

TorrentFreak has the story in full and a link to the full paper  The Effects of Internet Book Piracy: The Case of Japanese Comics. The study is by Professor Tatsuo Tanaka of the Faculty of Economics at Keio University.