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Every so often, for one reason or another, the issue of piracy comes up.

This is particularly true of book piracy, both print (ARC versions of books are scanned and posted in ‘filesharing’ sites even before they are available in book stores) and, even more so, electronic.

There are many discussions and points of view on this–both Karen and I have talked about it, Shiloh Walker has spoken frequently and eloquently on the topic, and via RRRJessica’s Monday Stepback post I was able to read a differing point of view from Bibliophile Stalker, a Philipino author.

However, in the end, is this post by Robin D. Owens (author of the Heart series, a favorite of mine), which strikes closer to the heart of the matter, as far as I’m concerned (bolding  mine):

Folks, I need every cent I get from my writing. I am the sole provider of my household. Please don’t download my books for free. I truly don’t understand why people think I should not get paid for my work.

Aren’t you paid for yours?

This post is in response to the daily notices I get of torrents for my work. I honestly don’t have the time to try and take down torrents on European Servers. And, really, if the piracy gets too large, I’ll simply be dropped by my publishers. I’m not joking.

Thank you.

Enough said.

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Update: After writing and scheduling this post, I discovered that–in one of those strange fits of synchronicity with which the universe occasionally amuses itself–Dear Author is also talking about the piracy issue in its Tuesday Midday Links (last topic of the post)

From this conversation, I hope that we have all learned to think before posting, commenting or tweeting.

It has been said, ad nauseam, that all people should think before putting their thoughts up there in the internets for everyone, their pet parrot and their alien relatives to see. After all, it’s there forever, in one way or another (from Google cache to screen caps).

It has been noted that we eeeeeeeeeeeeeebol readers keep lists of authors behaving badly, and that we are not shy to share those lists with other readers whenever flaps like this latest break out.

It has been repeated all over the cyber-universe that, however unfair it may be, authors ought to behave in a different (wiser, more professional) manner than readers do–after all, authors are selling stuff to readers, and it behooves them to keep that in mind at all times.

Please note that I abhor piracy with a vengeance–as a reader, anything that will discourage authors from writing hurts me, and since it’s all about me…

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So, this arsehole is actually selling pirated ebooks on Ebay.

Amongst his ill-gotten wares, are books by Terry Pratchett and Dean Koontz, as well as a disc with 550 erotic romance books: (more…)