A friend and fellow author released her debut novel this past Friday. I went to Amazon and bought mine and started reading it this weekend; it's really good and I can't wait to finish it.
Last night, I found out that her book was purchased, copied, returned and then put up on "free" websites. I cannot believe this is happening to her. Her legitimate sales are lower than they should be, but the illegal free copy has been downloaded by the hundreds. She is completely disheartened by this, and rightfully so.
As an author with my own debut novel being released soon, this issue is very important to me.
I am asking all of you - if you see a free book please, please, please, make sure it is from a legitimate source before you download it. These "free books" are illegal and negatively impact the author.
When you see a book on one of these sites, please report it to the author so they can report the copyright infringement and try to get the sites to remove the illegal copies. Prosecution is expensive and not always an option. We all work very hard on our books and there are costs associated with them. Book covers, promotional costs, and editing are just a few of the monetary costs; these do not include the blood and sweat that went into writing the book.
So, let's show this author what we are made of - go out to Amazon and purchase her book legally.
Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/Muse-Descended-From-Myth-ebook/dp/B00E3E8SCQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1379211254
Paperback link: http://www.amazon.com/Muse-Descended-Myth-Book-One/dp/1490994777/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379068514&sr=1-1