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His books were heavily pirated because they were already heavily popular.
In any case, thanks for bringing the subject to light, Tess. When we took my son to college orientation, the dean asked how many people downloaded music and video from shareware sites such as he named a couple of popular ones. Just about every hand in the room went up. He explained that the colleger server was heavily firewalled against such sites and warned the kids that that illegal downloads would be punished with suspension.
Two things struck me: You seem to be assuming that people who download bestsellers will download other books. But if the cultural norm is shifting toward an expectation is that any created work you want should be free for the taking, why should any distinction be made between bestselling books and new authors?
The consumer who sees no difference between checking a book out of the library and downloading it from a shareware site is not thinking beyond his use of that book. I love that everyone here is sharing their opinions. And I think you underestimate the necessity of a book to a poor person. I can tell you, from experience, that it is somewhat less miserable to starve when one has a book for company.
A book can also be a welcome distraction when sleeping in the car, or on a park bench. Sometimes, if given the choice between soup and a book, I would have to deliberate over which of my organs has been the most deficient in nutrition before I could choose.
Her best bet is to look at the mass market paperbacks, which sometimes drift closer to her budget. But oh, those new releases — that one, the long-anticipated release from her favourite author!
Eventually, while the in-store cafe makes her hungry, she finds a paperback she might like to own. To a lot of people this is a pittance. That book, that little window of escape, shrinks in her hand. In the end though, she puts the book back. But the importance of leaving it behind as she exits the bookstore stays with her for a while afterward.
This is not a thief. This is not a spoiled brat, or an ignorant teenager, or any other stereotype of an online pirate.
But I can certainly understand why some people do. Books are, like every other form of entertainment, but perhaps more tragically so — prohibitively expensive for a lot of people.
My neighborhood library is where I learned to love books as a child, and where I discovered so many fictional friends. I have donated paperback copies of my books to several homeless shelters around the country, because I agree with you that books are food for the soul.
And I wish there were a public library accessible to every person in the country. I also write in probably the hottest e-book industry: It is also very much a part of this business. My point is that in the beginning, when I first realized there were people out there, in the wide open internet, who were passing around copies of my books FOR FREE — or worse charging people to get copies sure, for pennies on the dollar, but… I was absolutely devastated.
So, I started tracking sellers down, filing complaints, et al. Out of that came things like DRM which can be cracked in about a microsecond, a lot of good that did and limits on legitimate e-copies.
Great ideas, which in my mind, have failed epically. When complaining and badgering and yelling became a full time job, instead of writing and raising my children, I knew I had to pair down all the searching, etc I was doing to find sites that had pirated copies of my work. So, I started to really focus on the people doing the uploading, especially if I found them on more than one pirate site. And I sent them letters with notice of copyright infringement, etc, etc. Of those who did, some asked what the big deal was, some told be to blow off for lack of a cleaner euphemism to use, LOL.
I asked the ones who seemed less likely to send me a hard-drive-wiping virus why they were sharing my book. Most of these people had no clue who I was. Favorite authors? Favorite genres? The answer was, and still is, not really.
Most pirates are young men, so things like horror and sci-fi get pirated frequently. So I looked more toward my target demographic. Here, I found three types of pirates: So basically, I lost about bucks on those books. Not a pittance, at least not for me, but also less than I lost in business expenses on a slow year when my internet costs were bumped up by twenty dollars a month. In the end, piracy is simply another part of being in the e-book business.
People will often take anything they can get for free, whether it is of use to them or not, simply because it is free and they can. I really hate having to fill out all the registration crap plus having my personal info floating around simply to download a song from ITunes and Rhapsody.
Just silly. Anyway, I really enjoy your blog, Tess. But the experimental genres, erotica, and SF are going to be the ones suffering from rampant theft. If the copyright owner cared to trace downloads, that hypothetical reader could be causing problems for her careless, unsecured neighbor. And yes, this does happen. A few years ago, I got a notice from my internet provider about a video whose illegal download was traced to my account. If the program was not removed promptly, my internet service would be terminated and further action would be taken by the holder of copyright.
My two high-school-aged sons were tied for prime suspect, even though, as you might well imagine, they grew up hearing about intellectual property and the importance of respecting it.
The illegally downloaded course? Business Ethics. Irony is alive and well at Chez Cunningham. But back to the hypothetical pirate and her neighbor. Say the neighbor gets a notice similar to the one I received: Since the neighbor was not responsible for the act of piracy, he might have some difficulty tidying up after it.
I saw plenty of HQN books on the sites.
Re the discussion of e-books and piracy, do you have a position on the little war between site and MacM. Mac seems to think that e-book sales will dilute sales of hardbacks. My question is, so what? If the author can receive the same royalty from her work per copy, and if the publishing house makes the same profit per copy and the retailer makes the same profit, it seems to me that if all that playing field were level, the cost of delivering an e-copy of anything has to be vastly less than the cost of printing and distributing paper books…and as a result, the final price of the delivered product—your writing, for example—should be significantly lower than the list price of a paper book.
If everyone makes the same amount of money per copy, what is the need to preserve the volume of paper book sales? I feel your pain.
My husband and 10 year old son wrote a book on Computer Programing for Kids. With the odds against them they found a publisher and the book went to print last May. Imagine the horror when I happened to find illegal downloads all over the net while looking for reviews on the book. Keep in mind because this is a technical book even if it goes over the moon in sales it would be a miracle for the book to even reach 30, in sales.
So now we have this great book, that is getting excellent reviews available for free all over the net. I actually put on my Momma Bear hat and went to a couple of the more dubious download sites and sent messages to the people who posted the book and asked them why they felt they had the right to steal a book from a 10 year old kid?
Let me just say they were not receptive to me calling them out on their actions! Like you I did a tally of all the downloads of this book and found that a double digit percentage of what the book has actually sold has been downloaded for free. Now for us parents the real value in writing this book was to show our son that anything is possible in life if you put your mind to it! I can tell you right now that at least 2 of those 4, downloads on 4shared.
I know, because that consumer was me. I own a great deal of books where I bought the physical version and never read it in paper.
I simply downloaded the ebook DRM-free. I spend a lot of money on media, especially books. One of the books I bought new was The Keepsake. I want to flip to a random page and read the dialogue or sit down and read a few chapters like I can in an offline store before I commit to paying full price for a book.
Off the top of my head, here is a list of authors who would never have received my money without illegal file sharing:. Hamilton J. Smith Becca Fitzpatrick etc. I thought you should know that there are people out there dedicated to paying authors for their work. I want you to keep writing and making money. Pirates now have NO excuse!
This is directly because of internet piracy! Our former, smaller publishing house was reeling so badly from internet piracy, it had to become a subsidiary of Wiley, a much larger publishing house, which was much better equipped to financially handle this crime. The ramifications of having less publishing houses around means less diversity and less available publishers out there for new talent and existing authors as well. An additional consideration about just how bad piracy has become is the fact that we had less books out there back then to gain royalties from than we have out today.
You must be logged in to post a comment. Buggy whip manufacturers probably thought the same thing. Share this: Great ideas, which in my mind, have failed epically. When complaining and badgering and yelling became a full time job, instead of writing and raising my children, I knew I had to pair down all the searching, etc I was doing to find sites that had pirated copies of my work.
So, I started to really focus on the people doing the uploading, especially if I found them on more than one pirate site. And I sent them letters with notice of copyright infringement, etc, etc. Of those who did, some asked what the big deal was, some told be to blow off for lack of a cleaner euphemism to use, LOL. I asked the ones who seemed less likely to send me a hard-drive-wiping virus why they were sharing my book.
Most of these people had no clue who I was. Favorite authors? Favorite genres? The answer was, and still is, not really. Most pirates are young men, so things like horror and sci-fi get pirated frequently. So I looked more toward my target demographic. So basically, I lost about bucks on those books. Not a pittance, at least not for me, but also less than I lost in business expenses on a slow year when my internet costs were bumped up by twenty dollars a month.