As most of you might have noticed, I don’t usually get involved in internet/bookish debates and issues. I do get fed up sometimes and decide to post my point of view on a topic and this is one of those.
I have always been a book addict. Since I was a little girl and my parents fed my habit with a spoon. Books were the one thing they said we would always have money for and I devoured them constantly. Mainly books that were not assigned by school LOL.
However, my book addiction only became a real “problem” (read obsession) when I moved to Israel, back in 2007. That was when I started using Twitter and started getting connected to other readers, bloggers and authors. They kept recommending books to me and I just had to succumb to the temptation.
I have a confession to make, back then I did not really understand the damage of downloading books. I downloaded them a lot, especially since I am a fast reader. Soon there after I started connecting with authors and falling in love with their work, and I realized how damaging it is for them and for us fans. Since the continuation of a beloved series depends on sales.
I am ashamed of my past, but I am proud to say that when that realization came, I actually bought the books I had downloaded and read. From then on I have not downloaded another book again.
Why am I saying all that?
There is a website that is in evidence right now (I won’t add a link to not drive traffic there), that is offering A LOT of books for free download and is taking advantage of the difference in laws between the U.S. and Canada.
Which to be quite honest is pure BULLSHIT! I live in Brasil, for that reason should I simply ignore the laws of other countries when doing illegal acts online?
The piracy of entertainment content is an epidemic, however more than Music or Movie downloads, the industry that suffers the most in the Book industry, where smaller numbers count much more than one would think.
The people that created this website are THIEVES! There is no other word for it and Dakota Cassidy has said a lot and much better than I could ever had on her Facebook page.
One could argue that people that download these books, would never really buy them. I would argue the opposite, look at my own example, I did it because of ignorance. I was not ignorant that it was something illegal, but that it really did damage those authors I love so much.
If you are as much as a book lover as I am, you know what I mean. Who wants to see another favorite Book series “cancelled”. I for sure don’t.
Now, I would like to know from you guys:
Have you ever downloaded an illegal ebook? Why?
What are your thoughts on the matter?