E-book piracy has been a big issue lately on some of the author e-lists I’m on. Children’s and YA authors are finding pirated copies of their books available as free downloads to people–sometimes when no ebook copy of that book has been available.
It seems that pirated copies are sometimes created by scanning the actual hardcopy of the book, then creating an ebook from the scanned text.
Some people think that reading a pirated ebook is just like taking a book out of the library. Other people believe that it is outright stealing.
The anonymous ebook pirater in this article on ebook piracy makes some interesting points, such as that not everyone who downloads the book would have bought the book. But does that give them the right to download it–illegally–for free?
Sure, not everyone who downloaded the pirated ebook would have bought the actual ebook or book. But some of them would. And that means lost sales for the author. Authors who work hard to produce powerful, creative books with soul.
If ebook piracy hurts authors, how can it be okay? Most authors barely make enough to live on (or just don’t) as it is. I think we need creative people. We need books, art that moves us. And to do that, we need to support writers. (And yes, I’m one of them.) So, if you want to read a book and don’t have the money, go to the library. Otherwise–please buy the book!
What do you think?
Check out YA author Laurie Halse Anderson’s great post on this issue!
Also read Sara Zarr’s response! (scroll to the bottom of the post to read.)