If you aren’t aware, piracy is a hot-button issue amongst authors. I tend to ignore it because it’s better for my sanity. I realize there will always be ways to illegally download books and there’s nothing I can do about it. In my opinion, if people are going to go search for (illegally) free books, they aren’t the type of people who would purchase the book in the first place. So I don’t get my panties in a wad about it. Sure, it sucks… but that’s the nature of the game.
However, it kinda rubs me the wrong way when I run across things like this. These are the types of things that make this issue a major problem, when it could just be a minor problem. This is a small paragraph in an otherwise great and flattering review of Losing Hope, and I can’t help but wonder how people don’t see this as wrong.
While I seriously, SERIOUSLY love the review this comment is attached to and mean no offense to the person who wrote it, it’s basically saying, “Hey! Go to this website and steal this book from this author! Ta da! There you go!”
I realize people may not see this as stealing, since it’s just an ebook. However, when ebook income is the majority of an author’s income for the books they poured hours and hours of hard work into, it’s hard not to care when your own readers are teaching others how to steal it from you in their glowing review.
Let’s play some Mad Lib and see if we can use this photo to prove a point by replacing a few words here and there.
-If you haven’t tried Diet Pepsi yet, I suggest you stop drinking that Coke, go to the store, grab a twelve pack of Diet Pepsi and put it in your shirt and run really fast out of the store before someone sees you! Ta da! There you go.
-If you haven’t tried a Venti Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, I suggest you order it, pay with monopoly money, then take the drink and drive off really fast without passing go. Ta da! There you go. But don’t spill it, cuz that crap is HOT!
-If you haven’t dressed your pomeranian puppy up in a cute little pink outfit yet, you should go to Build-a-Bear and shove an outfit in your purse and sneak out without even BUILDING A FREAKING BEAR! Ta da! There you go.
-If you haven’t confiscated that phone charger your little sister stole from you and your phone is as dead as an opossum, you should go to Best Buy and casually sneak a phone charger into your bra (which was also probably stolen) and walk out the front door without making eye contact with that little dude who always checks receipts. Ta da! There you go.
-If you’re out of lunch money to give to your kid, you should teach him how to steal it from all the other little kids so you don’t have to worry about shelling out the few bucks a week it takes to feed that little nuisance. Ta da! There you go.
-If you haven’t read Hopeless yet, I suggest you stop reading and go read it now. Haven’t bought the book? No worries. Just go on this website (insert piracy site of your choice) and search for it. Ta da! There you go. Oh. Wait. We already covered this one. My bad.
Okay, so my little rant is over. And since I hate being negative or focusing on the negative, let’s end this game of Mad Lib with a GIVEAWAY!!!
I know I still have to choose winners for the doodles from last week, but I’ll go ahead and add another giveaway for five copies of the entire Slammed series. Just comment on this post with your name and your sweet for the day so we can take the focus off all the suck! <3