Friday, January 07, 2011


Why do people upload other people's books onto pirate sites? I'm sorry, but I'm completely at a loss to understand. Why do you want free books? A book takes ages and a lot of sweat to produce and I need money, just like everyone else. Why steal like this? Please, if you have any comments to explain this procedure to me, feel free to post here. Just help me understand.


  1. What you are highlighting here, Sue, is THEFT. No two ways about it. Sadly, there are people in this world who expect things for free. In my former life, the biggest problem I had was getting paid for the work I'd done. Even when it was quite clear at the outset what the charges were, too many people got what they wanted then jumped through hoops to avoid paying. And the rich were the worst! Pirating books is just the same. A book represents hours, days, YEARS of work and it is shocking that anyone believes writers should not earn something from it. Try getting into the cinema without paying (oh, no, I guess some do that, too).

  2. Absolutely, Steve. Trouble is, I'd like a viewpoint from a pirate - why do they do it? Do they get a thrill?

  3. I think the reason they do it is because they don't respect the time and effort it takes to write a book. It's a sense of entitlement, so the thinking goes like this: They want it. Then, of course, they should have it. They will have it, and if it means they can get it for free, then all the better. I truly believe they think it's a victimless crime. Sorry, I'm not a pirate, so I can't say for sure, but if what I'm seeing in the rest of society is any indication, I think I'm getting close.


  4. Selena, thank you. You're right, you need to get into a pirate's head to understand it.


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