I find it ironic that today is "talk like a pirate day" what with all of the reports of Book Pirating this week. We may find pirates such as Hook and Jack Sparrow sexy, but these "characters" give us something, they don't take. Book Pirates are THIEVES! The are stealing food and security from an authors family.
Some of these Book Pirates would argue, it's only one book and they make plenty. They see authors like J.R. Ward with her fancy sports car and huge house and think that all authors are rolling in the money. The truth is very different.
An author spends months writing, editing, and re-editing. (Note: Indie authors do the following themselves and publishers pay for this for traditional published authors - their profit per book is less than
Then the book is released, but the authors job isn't done. They spend hours on social media sharing the teasers, book covers, blurbs, etc. The author communicates with their readers, works with their street teams, and works with bloggers and publicity teams to get the word out. They host giveaways and donate to other giveaways. More money leaves their hands and they still haven't received any money for their book. Personally, the only money that I have in my pocket from my first book release is from the print books that I purchased and sold myself. But, with the giveaways I've hosted it's a wash at this point. I'll have a small amount once I receive my first payout from Amazon, but it won't be much when we factor in the costs of my time and what I've spent already.
Here's a comparison for you. I currently have a total of 93 eBooks sold through Amazon. The sales have slowed down considerably since my release 11 days ago. But when I ran a search on Google, I found this:
As a new author who has just published my debut book, this is frustrating. I never expected my books to make me rich, but I would like to be paid for those that are reading my work. "Finding the Dragon" is a 116K book (365 pages) and the ebook sales for $2.99. I think that is pretty reasonable. It is also lendable on Amazon, so why not chip in with a friend, each can pay part and the one who purchases can lend it to the other. You just knocked the price in half and you're not breaking the law.
My friend Kris posted a very good description in a comment:
"If you buy an e-book from Amazon and you want to loan it out, you can. To one person at a time, just like a physical book. I have no problems with you loaning out your one copy of the book you purchased to someone via the loan program, just don't copy it and distribute it. Keeping a copy for yourself, making another for your buddy, and another for your sister is the electronic equivalent of taking a paperback to work and photocopying all the pages. You wouldn't do that, would you? Then please don't copy the e-files!"
Other Examples of Pirating
Shared by Laura Kaye
Amid the many announcements about FB users in groups dedicated to pirating books that have been swirling around, today I learned there is an ebook swapping FB group that posts an 18-page-long document listing books and who is allegedly willing to share them. One of the group members is apparently willing to pirate/illegally share my book HEARTS IN DARKNESS with the members of this group. If you are not aware, ebooks cannot be legally shared between private people, and offering to do so or accepting a share is the same as stealing. Period.
The same names appear over and over again on this list as being willing to share books (9 women in all), which I've downloaded as a Word document from the group in question. The same woman who offers my books also appears to be offering many of Megan Hart's, Lauren Dane's, Tina Reber's, and Sylvain Reynard's books, among others. FYI.
Shared by Jayne Rylon
For those of you skeptics who think that the Facebook groups that have been all over author newsfeeds this week are not actually intended for sharing illegal downloads and that most of the members are innocent, please explain screenshots like these to me. I'm tired of looking the other way and acting like this scandal is all some wild mix-up. I'm not saying every member of a group is guilty, but when you get busted posting things like this, don't try to backpedal, please. Nora Roberts if you would like the group info to pursue legal action I'm more than willing to share THAT with you. And Facebook, let's have a report button for intellectual property theft. You have one for spam, is that seriously worse than this?