From the “I’m sure it happens to everyone at some point” files…
I always wondered how I’d feel when I found the first pirated copy of one of my books. For over a year it was a completely hypothetical situation and I could look at it in the abstract. I mean, on the one hand it would mean someone actually cared enough to pirate a copy of it. On the other hand, someone actually pirated it. Today I got to experience that feeling without the abstract part of it. A little site that calls itself mobilism (that’s run on blogikates.com) had a copy today. The Nazi swine that posted it couldn’t even get the newest cover.
Psst. It’s this one:
Aside from the obvious “Hey! That’s mine!” feeling I have to wonder who would be interested enough to read it but can’t spare the $2.99 to buy a copy. Or get a free one when I run those regular giveaways. Seriously, if you’re that interested and short of cash drop me a line and I’ll probably send you a copy.
I guess I should look on the bright side: there’s no such thing as bad publicity and if this helps sales of other books, then so be it. Not that I’m condoning piracy. I’d prefer it if moneyguzzler and the 400 some odd folks who’ve downloaded it had actually paid for Henchmen, but I try to find the good in the situation.
So, all things aside, this part boggled my mind. Here’s a link to where moneyguzzler got his much deserved props. I’ve attached a screenshot in case it gets lost somewhere. I particularly love the part where the admin thanks him for his hard work and good character.
Hard work? How hard is it to download a book, run it through a DRM stripper, convert it in Calibre and rar it up? Not exactly rocket science, if you know what I mean.
So, there you have it. My first pirated book. I sent off the requisite “stop this” letter to the admins at blogikates (who DO NOT condone piracy, even though their site has a special level for people who pirate a lot of books). Something tells me I doubt I’ll ever hear from them.
If you’d like to buy a legit copy (and make an Indie Author happy), you can get one on Amazon.