I am seriously one of the most laid back people ever. It takes a lot to get me angry. I’m one of those people where someone will say something completely insulting, and it’ll take me a good five minutes to realize it. Not because I’m a moron, but because I generally believe the best about people.
Then I see things like this:
Or I get an email with a line like this:
So let’s just assume everyone out there is naive. If you read a traditionally published book online for free, it is very likely on that site illegally. And guess what? It’s not just that site that’s breaking the law. You are breaking the law by downloading that book, or by using that site to read it.
Don’t tell me that knowledge and literature should be free. I hate swearing on the blog, but let’s call a spade a spade. That’s such bullshit. Do you pay your mechanic for his knowledge? How about your doctor? Ever go to the grocery store? You think the people who grow the produce do it out of the goodness of their hearts? Come on. You want a free book? Go to the library. Sometimes you don’t even need to GO anywhere. Most libraries offer e-book downloads right from their library webpage.
You might not think that your one download matters. It does matter.
But again, I look for the best in people. If you didn’t know it was illegal, now you do.
I’m also a mother, so here’s my mommy voice. If you know it’s illegal, knock it off.
(Yes, that first screen shot is from my blog stats. Yes, when you click on my website after searching for piracy links for my book, I do see that, and I see where you come from. Little hint: if you do that from a registered IP address — like if you do it from work — it tells me where you work, too. I considered it a big deal when the Department of Homeland Security hit my website. Must have been all the arson research for Spark.)