Because I have Google alerts established for the names of all of my books, I was immediately made aware of someone uploading a copy of one of my books to the internet. Yes, another person scanning my book and giving it away for free. Seriously, folks, I’m not a party pooper. If your only source of income was royalties on a book and you made about 70 cents on average for a book, you need the book to be sold.
I’m a single mother. I am protecting myself and my children from copyright piracy. If you can’t afford the book, I understand. I can’t afford a lot of things either, especially when people are giving away my books. There’s always the library. But, don’t take what little money I make away from my family.
This particular copyright piracy was a bit different than what I normally find. What happens is that a person uploads a file to the document storage facility. They are given a link which they share on the internet and, in this case, the person is using a blog. When someone else visits the blog, then goes to the link, they are given a survey from an advertiser hired by the document storage facility website. That advertiser then pays the website who then pays the person who has uploaded the file. Essentially, the pirate makes money from every download. Dastardly pirate! Not only giving away my book, but also making money from it!*
Just say no to copyright piracy! You may think that book authors live a life a luxury and won’t really lose any money from piracy. I am not THAT kind of book author. I make very little money in this industry. We have a very difficult time financially and have to make a lot of sacrifices. But, I do it for the love of the craft. I do it for YOU! Don’t submit to the temptation of copyright piracy. Just don’t do it.
You may think that you’re only hurting the publisher, who makes millions of dollars and it couldn’t possibly hurt them. I don’t know how much the publishers make and it really doesn’t matter to me. All that matters to me is my portion of that book sale because I have to support my family.
If you see copyright infringement, don’t hesitate to let me know. I can be contacted at kim AT crochetkim.com. I will take care of it. Thank you for your help and support!
*And, just to make a point. I make about 70 cents on each sale of my book. This website is giving an entire dollar! Not only making money from giving away an illegal copy of my book, but making more money than ME!