Friday, July 1, 2011

Why Would Anyone Pirate an E-book That's Already Free?

I guess this post falls under my WTF category. I honestly don't get why anyone would pirate an e-book that's already free as much as I don't get DNF reviews or buying used books on Ebay for twice the cost of used books on amazon.

The other day I was in an author's group that was discussing pirating and how much it's hurting them. And one of the author's mentioned she has a free e-book out right now that's also being pirated. I did some checking around, and then found out from three other authors they've also had free e-books pirated.

Someone please tell me how this makes sense. Whenever I'm confronted by a book pirate they sound like relatively intelligent people. Morally and ethically flawed; no respect for the law; extremely crafty and shifty; but certainly not stupid. In some cases, they may even be smarter because they've figured out a way to rise above the law an not pay the penalties other people who break the law pay.

So what's the gain by pirating an e-book that's already out there for freaking free? Is it the thrill? Does it create that much of a high? You certainly can't use the excuse that those mean old publishers are pricing the book too high, and you can't blame it on authors who write bad books that disappoint you. You're already getting it for free...not tax or shipping...FREAKING FREE. Though I doubt anyone will respond, I'd love to hear something from an anonymous pirate, because this one has me stumped.

6 comments:

Hayley B. James said...

This is going to be a shot in the dark here, but each time I've found my book on a torrent site it's in a group of books. So maybe a pirate got the free book through a "package deal" and went on to share it without actually knowing anything about the book.

ryan field said...

Maybe in some cases. But in one case the book was only offered for free on an author web site. So someone, somewhere, knew they were pirating a free book.

Hayley B. James said...

Might be the "stick-it-to-them" thought process. I'll need a degree in psychology to understand people though. Very WTF indeed.

ryan field said...

LOL...I think you may have a point ;)

Aleksandr Voinov said...

Oh yeah, "Special Forces", my one million word free story, has been pirated all over the place. I'd assume that pirates don't check the authors' websites if they even have free content. They don't give us anything -not money, not respect, and not even attention enough to check us out. In many ways, they are completely lost to us.

ryan field said...

I can understand some of their complaints...sometimes. I can understand people in countries who can't download digital books the way we can. But I honestly don't get pirating freebies. Someone told me it's about the social interaction on these web sites.