Authors Against Piracy Blog Tour

In a digital world, where content is turned into 1s and 0s, piracy has become an issue. As a consumer, one often reads about Warner Brothers or other studios “cracking down” on movie pirates, or music thieves. But how often does the average reader see anything about book piracy?

Before I was an author, I didn’t know book piracy existed. Sure, I knew there were places to “steal” movies, and TV, but it never occurred to me that there were people – or websites – stealing books. yet Piracy accounts for at least 12% of ebooks in the United States alone.  I’d bet that there are plenty of other readers (and maybe even authors) as naive as I was, people who have no idea that downloading that “free” PDF of a novel is stealing. To raise awareness of the book piracy epidemic, Maegan Provan is organizing an Authors Against Piracy Blog Tour. Just like with any awareness drive, she needs bloggers, and authors, who want to participate and draw attention to the issue by posting blogs. And what better way for authors to get people’s attention than by offering free ebooks?

“Say what? How is giving away my book for free going to stop pirates?”

It’s not. You can’t *make* people stop, anymore than you can singlehandedly cure cancer, but you can show them that a legally obtained version is better – the formatting isn’t messed up, all of the chapters are there and, even better, there are no viruses and no surprises. Besides, the point of the “giveaway” isn’t to fill pirates’ kindles, it’s to get people to share the links to the blog posts, because the more people clicking on those posts, the more people are reading about the problem, and the more people reading, the more people that are made aware of the issue, and just maybe those people who are made aware of what an issue it really is will be less likely to pirate in the future, or more likely to tell a friend or loved one who’s pirating to stop. Just as with Breast Cancer Awareness pins – wearing a pin doesn’t cure the problem, it just makes people aware that it IS a serious issue; it gets the conversation started, and that’s what Maegan is trying to do.

If you’d like to join her you can read further details on her blog and join the Facebook group. If you’re not interested in joining, or you can’t, no worries. You can always start that conversation your own way.

10 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Maegan Provan, Author and commented:
    Check out this awesome post by Joleene Naylor about the ABAP tour. And if you haven’t signed up today, what are you waiting for?

  2. ronfritsch says:

    I occasionally receive a “Google Alert,” letting me know somebody is giving away a PDF version of one of my books. But the people pushing them are always laudatory and positive. I view their postings almost as I would free advertising. Serious readers who see them will undoubtedly track me down on Amazon and Goodreads. And from Amazon, they can get the same damned thing, but uncorrupted in any way, for $2.99. I think that might be the way to play this game.

    1. I look at it the same way you do. I think in a situation where you have no control over what is happening, you have to make the best of it, and my biggest thing is that I get credit for writing the book.

  3. How do you get a Google alert, Ron? I happened to find out by accident.

    1. ronfritsch says:

      Excuse me for taking so long to reply. You have to have an account with google.com. They’re free. Then under your account’s “Notifications & alerts settings,” you can list your book titles, your name, your pen-name and anything else you want to know about that’s happening on the Web. Google will send you the alerts via email messages and/or phone messages, Again, they’re free. I believe every writer should set up Google alerts. (If the process isn’t as simple as I make it seem to be, please let me know. When I set mine up some time ago, I believe I breezed through it. And that’s not like me.)

      1. Thanks! I do have a Google+ and Gmail account so this will be very helpful.

  4. I do agree raising awareness about the issue is a good idea. However, I wouldn’t spend a lot of time worrying over this happening. The problem is that it is so prevalent, it’s impossible to stop every single pirated version from getting out somehow. That all being said, I am all for spreading the word, offering a couple books free, and charging a decent price on the rest of them to give people incentive to get the legitimate versions. I fully support authors who are trying to make money at this business, and I think by doing these things, we can offer a middle ground that can work for readers and authors. (Just my two cents.)

    1. Yeah, there’s no way to stop someone from doing something – I actually had a paragraph about that in the blog but it was clunky so I deleted it 😉 I think the main advantage to this is just good old fashioned promotion in general (Trisha Drammeh did a really good post about that). I know Maegan has a radio spot lined up advertising the tour, and especially if authors already have perma free books (i have one) it can be a great way to get the word out about that, or if they have KDP days that could be a good way too, and I sort of look as awareness of piracy as a bonus, LOL!

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