Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Internet Piracy of Books - Moning





Please stop internet piracy.

Copied from Karen Marie Monings Blog:

Lately I've been hearing from authors and publishers that internet piracy of books has become such a significant problem that it’s destroying careers. Midlist authors are losing contracts because so many people are stealing the book instead of paying for it. Great new voices are being lost before they even really get to begin. I may be a hopeless idealist, but I believe most people don't think "Gee, I'm stealing a book." Rather they think, "Well, if it was illegal, surely someone would stop me, so it must be okay."

Unfortunately the Internet defies anyone's efforts to stop it. For every ten illegal copies pulled down, a hundred more go up. Passing a book to a friend is one thing. We all do it. But uploading it so thousands, and in some case tens of thousands can copy it? What are these people thinking? Do they want the authors to lose their jobs? Do they think authors shouldn't get paid for their work? I don't get the mind-set. But then I've spent most of my life working two jobs.

I think people don’t realize the crippling impact of what they’re doing when they download an illegal copy of a book, so I’m going to share a bit of personal information.

At a single illegal download site last month, over 70,000 copies of three of my books had been downloaded. 70,000 at one site! Does it hurt me financially? Yes. Will I survive it? Maybe. It depends on how much worse it gets. (Then there's the whole emotional component: creating springs from joy; to watch what you've created get stolen nihilates that joy. It's a tough tangle of emotions to balance.) Will less-successful authors survive it? No, many of them won’t. Many of them will lose their contracts, or quit writing because they can’t afford it anymore, and some will give up the ghost simply because they can't bear to see their hard work stolen. It is theft.

I love libraries. I love used book stores. But uploading books illegally so hundreds of thousands of others can download them illegally is wrong. It’s a violation of copyright, it’s illegal and it must stop. Illegal downloads end up driving prices higher for the actual book, and consign wonderful new voices to oblivion before they even get a chance to perfect their craft. I don’t know which bothers me more: the idea that I could lose my job, or the thought that there are fabulous storytellers out there I may never get to read because their contracts get cancelled due to poor sales. I love you guys and know you aren’t the ones doing it.

What I’m asking is that you raise the awareness of someone you know that is doing it. Save the midlist writers that may be the next Stephanie Meyer or Stephen King, and give anonymous theft a kick in the petunia!

If you come across a site offering illegal downloads of my books, please let us know at manager@karenmoning.com.



11 Speak To Me:

Lea on 18 August 2009 at 14:21 said...

Each time I see another blog post about this issue, another piece of my heart is chipped away.

This is a terrible situation EH.

Thanks for your post.


Anonymous said...

I copied your post with appropriate credits, EH. Thanks for spreading the word!


Val on 18 August 2009 at 16:03 said...

Thank you for sharing this, E.H. This is a terrible situation and it makes me so furious.

I know of one situation on LiveJournal where the author getting ripped off contacted the community which was supposedly for fans of yaoi. Apparently when she directly confronted them on their theft, they were very rude and uncooperative in the way that twentysomething kids with an attitude of entitlement often are.

I'm convinced that most of this theft is from that age group who are used to getting stuff for free (the rest of us are pre-internet and are used to paying for things). The problem is that these kids aren't seeing past the end of their noses. They WILL end up driving these wonderful new voices out of the writing field, and they will be left with the mainstream big-name fiction on which they heap such scorn. Whole subgenres like m/m or yaoi can vanish because the ebook option just isn't feasible anymore. I wish so very much that there was a way to prosecute internet theft.

Shaymless Aymless on 18 August 2009 at 17:47 said...

*sigh* Wish people would be more honest.

Thanks for the post EH

Stacey on 18 August 2009 at 17:57 said...

Well written as always, Karen...it's sad to think that with your big release today, it'll be just a matter of time before Dreamfever is out there illegally as well. :(

Thanks EH for sharing. What a rotten situation for all. I hope karma steps in and gives these people what they are earning...in both directions!

Stacey on 18 August 2009 at 18:05 said...

EH, Just wanted to add that I posted a link to this on my Facebook page.

Erotic Horizon on 19 August 2009 at 07:11 said...


I know the feeling hon..

A few of my favourite authors have books out on the 18th along with Moning and I also wonder how long before they are uploaded on one of these sites..


Erotic Horizon on 19 August 2009 at 07:12 said...


Thank you, another one spreading the word - Moning could not have said it better..


Erotic Horizon on 19 August 2009 at 07:17 said...

I value your opinon on a whole lot of stuff book related and I could not have said it better...

I call them the "the want now generation" - and it sadden me to say I am at a lose to see how epublishing will conquer this...

We need iTunes for books - someone(s) need to come up with a viable option before all the wonderful new and upcoming voices as well as those thinking about coming into the industry are lost to us forever or they become so disillusioned we never get the chance to hear them...

As always -Love your voice on anything of this nature.



Erotic Horizon on 19 August 2009 at 07:19 said...


Thank you, Thank you - this is a topic that can't have too much supporters..
and as you said "Well said Moning"

Have a great day..


Jude Mason on 21 August 2009 at 17:40 said...


This is a topic I've been dealing with for quite some time. I'm not huge like some of the authors who are being pirated are, but when I see my titles on a pirate's list I feel so violated. It takes one Hell of a lot of hard work to create a book. The pittance an author gets per copy through royalties would make anyone who cared cry. The publisher has a share, the book seller has a share, the printer, the proofer, the editor, everyone takes a chunk of the pie. The author is lucky to make a few cents.

Sigh. I'll climb off the soapbox and just say, THANK YOU for posting this. Educating those who truly don't realize what they're doing is a huge step towards stopping the pirates.