Stop Book Pirates! Share Book Titles not Books!
Imagine for a moment, that you’ve spent days, weeks, or even months, working on a huge sales pitch and campaign that’s going to be a huge income boost to your wallet, only to walk into work one day and find that someone has stolen all of your research, and your painstakingly drafted plans, and handed them over to the public—for free.
Everyday authors are faced with this exact scenario. We pour our heart and soul into our work, only to have pirates give it away. In general book pirates aren’t bad people. A woman who sends it to her mom and her sister, and oh yeah, that lady at the PTO that she saw reading a similar story the other day—is still a book pirate. A member of a social media group that’s “private” where everyone “shares” the books they love so that everyone has a chance to read them—is still a pirate. Sure, there are terrible websites out there where books have been uploaded by the thousands, and those are highly publicized pirates, but most of the illegal downloading happens between everyday people. The moment you send that book to another person, you’ve literally stolen money out of the author’s pocket.
Authors are rarely high-income earners. Most have to scrape and make it paycheck to paycheck just like you, so please remember that when you attach that eBook you won last month to an email and mass send it to your book club. How many authors have had to stop writing because they couldn’t make enough money to survive? Would things have been different if all the copies illegally downloaded had been paid for?
How can you help? Share book titles with your friends, not books. Make a list of your favorite eBooks and post them in the comments here, or post them on your social media sites. Share the links when your favorite authors have new releases, but don’t share the actual book file.
And, if you see an illegal download site, or spot a book pirate sharing books illegally PLEASE get in contact with the author directly or the publisher. DO NOT SHARE THE LINK on your social media sites. It’s only advertising for them. Help authors so that we can continue to write stories for you.
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