(This post appeared on Facebook and is reposted here with the author’s permission. This is how important I think it is! – Susan)
Please don’t spew hate on me…I’m trying to HELP authors with this post. I just started using a service called Blasty to search out and take down my books from pirate sites. Here’s what I noticed.
The book pirated the most was offered for free for only two days. It was an Indie freebie that I arranged, hoping to sell its sequel. The sequel didn’t sell much. But Blasty found 10 pages of pirate sites that have been giving away the first book for free for several months. That’s 10 pages with about 10 warnings per page…about 100 pirates.
Everyone… Please take heed. Indie authors are spending money to publish a quality book. They spend their own money on an editor, a cover artist, and often pricey advertising. It may take months to recoup that money, and to steal their books is not only illegal, but morally reprehensible.
Authors, PLEASE don’t give your books away for free. It feeds these pirate sites and hurts all of us. Readers can only read so many books. I have hundreds of books on my Kindle and Nook, and I BOGO (Buy One, Get One free.) Every time I get a book which the author or publisher offers for free, I buy one. I am sure to die with a huge TBR pile as are many avid readers.
So, there it is. Warning given. Public educated. I’ve said my peace. I hope some of you will listen. This technique used to work. Now it does more harm than good. At least think about it.
See Ashlyn’s books on her author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ashlyn-Chase/e/B002BOJ4FK
Thank you, Ashlyn.
Note from Susan:
It’s been shown that on some pirate sites, clicking on links to download the book file, can be hazardous. A file could be corrupt or contain a virus.
For authors: This site at WikiHow gives advice on protecting your work and what to do if you are pirated. https://www.wikihow.com/Combat-Book-Piracy
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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