Thursday, January 7, 2010
Pirate Sites: Help GA Hauser and Other Authors and Publishers Take Down Astatalk.com
I've posted about this topic already, to the point of frustration. But m/m romance author, GA Hauser, has been working hard to stop these pirates, and I wanted to post something about it again. Here's a link to her blog, where she discusses this in more depth http://gahausersblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/game-of-blame.html
What are book pirates? They own web sites where people can go to download e-books for free. This means that no one makes money except the pirates. The authors make nothing. The publishers make nothing. And if no one makes any money by publishing e-books, in time there won't be any published.
Downloading e-books from book pirates is illegal. It's stealing. You can be prosecuted. But more than that, it's also morally and ethically wrong.
Right now, ravenousromance.com is having a huge e-book sale. All e-books are only $1.79 each. This is cheap. You can't get books in WalMart this cheap. So why would anyone want to steal them?
Here's a link to one of the worst book pirate sites. When authors ask them to take down their books, they absolutely refuse to listen. http://astatalk.com/takedown-policy/
And here's a facebook link where you can become a fan to stop this site from pirating books. http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Close-down-Astalavista-pirate-site/226369672766?ref=mf