Argh! Don’t we all love a swashbuckler? Images of Johnny Depp, that rascal, come immediately to mind.
Frankly, I’m not so jazzed on pirates these days. When you’re on the receiving end of pirating, your opinions tend to harden.
This week started out well for me. For the first time ever, I was able to arrange unprecedented discounts on my Gemini Island Shifters series. Seriously, the prices are nuts! Predator’s Kiss is currently available for a mere $0.99. The other books have been discounted as well. I was so happy to be able to offer this to my readers.
In the same week, I discovered these exact books on three separate pirate sites. Three. One of them had the entire series up for free downloads. With one of the sites, I wasn’t even able to submit a take down notice because the form on the site was wonky. So that site keeps my books, I guess, free for anyone to download.
Finding my books on these sites (again- this isn’t the first time- people keep uploading them), left a bad taste in my mouth. Why arrange for sales at all when others steal the books?
I hope people realize these sites are bad, not just for the author, but possibly for your computers. We all know viruses are a threat. To be honest, I sometimes wish viruses on those who upload and download my books via these sources. A pox on you nasty vermin! Argh (grunt, grunt.)
The fact is pirating remains a serious threat to authors. Like any other job, we need to get paid. So do the folks who help us publish our books. I would never walk into a store and expect the clerk to give me a pair of jeans at no charge. Why then is it okay for some people to demand free books? It makes no sense to me.
How can you help your favorite authors? Buy our books from reputable sites. How do you know it’s not a legitimate freebie? Chances are if you have to pay for it elsewhere, it’s not a freebie. When in doubt, check the author’s website. I guarantee you she will have posted information on a freebie. We all do to increase sales.
This whole situation makes me want to cuddle with a bottle of Captain Morgan, the only good pirate in town. Even that Johnny Depp was sketchy.