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14 January 2011 @ 01:48 pm
The Snake Eats Itself  
Ok, one more post about piracy, and then I'll move on. (maybe!) Lou Anders kindly linked and collected these posts over on his blog, Bowing to the Future. In the comments there, Caz brought up the point that "In real life, most people want to read specific books, not just to read SOMETHING." I totally agree! I often want to read a book by a specific author. The solution is pay for that book.

But why, asks my hypothetical illegal downloader. The author should be glad for the exposure. Also, I'm broke.

Well, enjoy that author's book. You may not get to read too many more by him or her.

The problem is that if not many people pay for an author's books, that author's sales (and livelihood, but for this post let's talk sales) will suffer. You, hypothetical illegal downloader, are only one person, but you are not alone. Tens of thousands of others like you are also illegally downloading that book, chipping away at that author's sales. I mentioned Saundra Mitchell's post. Shiloh Walker and her publisher made the decision to end a series because the thefts outweighed the legal purchases. By not paying for what you want, you are ensuring you will not get more of it.

If the fact you're stealing something doesn't bother you, if the fact you're hurting someone's (several someone's- the people who work for the publisher need to eat, too) livelihood doesn't bother you, you could at least consider that you're screwing yourself out of getting more of what you want.

I really loved sarahtales's first two books. I think The Demon's Lexicon and The Demon's Covenant are stunning books. Because I want to read the Demon's Surrender, I bought both of them. People who illegally download the books are not only stealing Sarah Rees Brennan's money, they're not only screwing themselves out of her future work, they're possibly depriving me of an author I want to see more of, and that makes me sad.
 
 
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writerjennwriterjenn on January 15th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
It's not just Shiloh Walker; it's not uncommon for series to get scrapped because the first books don't sell enough.
renesearsrenesears on January 15th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
It makes me despondent, both as a reader and on the authors' behalves. Not to mention people who end up having to change their pen names because sales weren't good enough the first time around. I mean, if the sales weren't good because people didn't like it, that's one thing, but to start with the handicap of tens of thousands of people illegally downloading your book... that's just unfair, and it sucks.
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