The Truth About Authors and Downloading

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything, and my apologies for the hiatus. I have been editing and proofing two novels as of late, Empyreal Illusions and Awakening the Fire, and am steadily working on my next one.


This board, though, isn’t about my writing. It’s about something that is hurting the community as a whole – illegal downloading.


Many authors slave day in and out to bring you their works of art. For some, writing IS their livelihood. Writing IS their 9-5. I personally work two jobs and 50-60+ hours a week, on top of writing, and for that reason it took me roughly six years to write / revise / edit / proofread my two novels listed above. It’s not easy, but I do it because it’s my way of things. To disrespect an author in such a way as illegally downloading their books is heinous.


When an author puts his or her book on a FREE amazon promotion, he or she does that to build exposure and to spread the word of his or her book. That is A-OK. What is NOT alright, though, is the illegal downloading of works on torrent sites.


I’ve known many authors who have had their novels appear on these illegal torrent sites within hours of their release. The amount of downloads they have, too, is staggering. We’re talking 20, 30, even 40 thousand. That’s just wrong on so many levels, not to mention completely demoralizing and not inspirational for the author. The majority of authors price their novels at $0.99 or $2.99. Folks ,that is not a lot of money. Chances are you reading this post now have spent in excess of $2.99 on a cup of coffee at Starbucks this morning – a cup that does not last a fraction of a tiny fraction of the time a book will.


Please help spread the word of these torrent sites. They are not helping anyone. The next time you want a novel, please support the author who has worked diligently to bring you the best work he or she can, and obtain your copy legitimately. It really does mean a lot.


Take a Stand

4 Responses to “The Truth About Authors and Downloading”
  1. L.T. Kelly says:

    Yes, it’s getting out of hand. Thanks for highlighting it Jake.

  2. sarahdaltry says:

    Right on! And another thing – often a person who is a vocal opponent of piracy seems to take little issue with abusing the Amazon return policy. Which, no matter how many times we are told otherwise, people do over and over and aren’t caught. In fact, there are people on Goodreads with 600+ titles on lists labeled “Kindle read and returned!” Mistakes happen but reading and returning is no different than eating a meal and then saying you didn’t like it. It’s a few dollars at most.

  3. I can’t imagine why someone would steal a book. It would be the same as walking into a bookstore, filling your backpack with books and walking out. People, at a theater near me, pay $19.00 for a movie ticket ($38.00 if you bring a date) and $30.00 for popcorn, Junior Mints, Raisinettes, and a drink. and if they have kids. $40.00 for the babysitter. all for 117 minutes of entertainment. A book gives you a week of entertainment. and you can’t shell out a few pennies?

  4. Lori A Myers says:

    I wonder what ever happened to personal integrity….there is no way that I could live with myself if I had that kind of “screw you” ethic….I have only returned one book, which I downloaded by accident the day I got my kindle 3 years ago, and I do only get my books from Amazon or directly from the author (thank you Stormwolf aka Michael Stackpole for that eye opening lecture). Because of my friendship with a few indie authors, I have a new respect for authors as a group. There is no way I could cheapen that respect with anything less than my full support as a reader. I guess that what I am trying to say, is that writers do have loyal fans, and when you get discouraged, just remember that you have a fanbase behind you that will hold you up!

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