Welcome to Ravenna’s Monday Mumblings, although this is more of a RANT, than a mumble.
You have been warned.
The simple truth is that downloading ANYTHING without paying for it – be it music, games, movies, and yes … BOOKS … is a CRIME. Got that, people? It’s fucking ILLEGAL. Your argument for doing it is INVALID.
But, Ravenna … I have no money for books!
Um… do you think I don’t have bills to pay or people in my family to feed??? Why do you think I’m still working a full time job outside the home, in addition to working my ASS off to get books to my publisher at least once a month? Do you think we drive Beemers and live in mansions?? Most of the authors I know in real life work another job, and those who don’t still have bills to pay and mouths to feed. They work their asses off, too, to bring you a release every two or three weeks.
THIS IS OUR JOB. THIS IS OUR PAYCHECK. When you take our stuff for FREE – and I’m not taking legitimately, as in you won it from us, or from another author who was kind enough to BUY the book to use in a giveaway. I’m talking about people who STEAL the books from pirate sites, or who have made a career out of winning all their books from authors in contests, or “borrowing” them from others.
Raven’s post from Thursday, which you can read by clicking HERE, talked about people who expect us to give away our work for free. Please go back and read it if you haven’t.
Let me make this clear. Evernight Publishing books are NOT enabled with the legitimate lending capability some Kindle books have. If you “borrow” an e-book without that feature from someone, you then have the file. Forever. It won’t disappear from your Kindle when the borrowing period is over. Which mean you just stole that book because now more than one copy of it exists, but the publisher and the author ONLY GOT PAID FOR ONE.
Obviously, if you download the file from a pirate site, you’ve also STOLEN IT. Same scenario. The publisher and author only got paid for ONE copy, but that ONE file can literally be copied – illegally downloaded – thousands and thousands of times. It’s infinite.
See the difference?
And NO, a paperback copy is not the same thing. There is only ONE copy of the book in print that’s passed around. The author and the publisher got paid for that ONE copy.
An e-book is a file. It can be copied endless times, but the author and the publisher ONLY GOT PAID FOR ONE COPY. Hence, the copies made and distributed are STOLEN.
Yeah. I realize there’s an entire culture out there who are so fucking entitled they don’t see this as “stealing.” It’s the cyber age, Ravenna. Get with it! EVERYONE does it! It’s not really stealing because otherwise those sites wouldn’t exist!
BULLSHIT. Those sites exist because the laws that should be protecting intellectual property SUCK SWEATY, HAIRY DONKEY BALLS.
This is my paycheck. This is my JOB. If I hacked into your bank account and took your latest paycheck, it would be stealing. But how about if I said, Well, it’s not really stealing because I was able to get into your site. Would you sit back and say, Oh well, okay then. Go ahead and take that money I earned. It’s cool. I don’t really need it. Of course not!! No sane person would say that!
So why then is it all right for YOU to STEAL MY ROYALTIES? And that’s exactly what you do when you download my work for free, or when you “borrow” the e-book from someone. You have STOLEN it, plain and simple. You can put any spin on it you want, or justify it in your mind anyway you want, but the end result is STILL the same.
If you did not PAY for it, or if I did not GIVE it to you, you have STOLEN it.
Jack Sparrow is a sexy pirate.
But there is nothing sexy about a book pirate. NOTHING.