Check out my E-Book Piracy Video

As I’ve been going around my regular writing haunts online, I have noticed that the issue of E-Book piracy is being talked about more than ever.

Check out the article I wrote a few months back on the subject and check out the little video I made on the subject.

 

 

Share it far and wide, as authors, we should always be wary of piracy but we don’t need it to dominate our mindset.

Buy my books 🙂

The epic Sundered Crown Saga is available on kindle and paperback now!
Heir to the Sundered Crown (Book 1) – http://a.co/cRiRqBL
War for the Sundered Crown (Book 2) – http://a.co/39JC6qc
Paperback editions –
Heir to the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1XDSxlg
War for the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1RiVFDs

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E-Book Piracy might not be what you think

As I said in my previous blog post I did a bit of searching on the old internet and discovered that my book War for the Sundered Crown appeared on numerous websites offering its users to download for free. In short, piracy.

Most self-published and small press authors are not wealthy by any means, so discovering that some pirate ass-hat has stolen your (already cheap to buy) books and is giving it away for free online. Whilst this is a major issue for the industry it might not be what you think. After doing some research I’ve discovered that many of those sites that claim to offer free books are in fact a front for other scams. Some go all out to make their sites look genuine, they even have customer reviews (often fake profiles) to try and add to the sense of realism.

Cheapskates being suckered in by scammers

A user (from now on I will refer to people who are willing to download books for free despite them being cheap already as cheapskates) seeking to pirate a book is lured in but the majority of the time the site in question does not have the book at all, it’s just a scam to trick people into giving away their details. Many ask for credit card information before allowing access to the ‘free’ book or ask for personal details which they can then use for fraud and other dodgy purposes further down the road.

In a strange sort of way Spammers and scammers have seized upon eBook piracy as means not to offer illegal downloads, but to fill up search engines with spam links that, at best, trick people in viewing a lot of pointless ads and, at worst, try to scam users out of their personal information.

Who’s worse?

In some ways, there is a sort of ironic justice going on here. Who’s worse? The people claiming to be giving away free books illegally or the person who is so tight that they are willing to commit a criminal act and screw a hard working author out of potential income?

The main issue for authors is that it makes it more difficult for anyone searching for their books via search engines. The mass of spam with my books titles in is quite frankly ridiculous, but we as authors are powerless to tackle this (if you know a way how to tackle this problem let me know!)

Fortunately, if you sell your titles on Amazon then there is a high chance that the first search result will be the Amazon link. For authors who prefer to sell their titles through other means such as via personal websites, this is a major issue that is probably costing them a lot of sales and cash.

For the cheapskates that actually continue to be suckered in by these spam sites, they face a number of issues. Theft of details is one, but the other is the risk of having malicious malware being downloaded onto their machines via spam ads and the book links themselves.

The only ones with the power to tackle this issue are the search engines themselves. Google has been aware of this issue for a while now but has made little headway in tackling it. Authors aren’t entirely powerless. We need to work on building up a solid collection of legitimate links to help our books climb to the top of the search engine listings. As small press or self-published authors, this may require a lot of cooperation amongst writers. At the end of the day we need to help each other to tackle the piracy and spammer menace and for those of you that use illegitimate websites to download books that an author has spent hundreds of hours of their time writing, all I have to say to you cheapskates is; ‘Shame on  you!’

The epic Sundered Crown Saga is available on kindle and paperback now!
Heir to the Sundered Crown (Book 1) – http://a.co/cRiRqBL
War for the Sundered Crown (Book 2) – http://a.co/39JC6qc
Paperback editions –
Heir to the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1XDSxlg
War for the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1RiVFDs

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Writing Quest Part 9 – Nightblades and Piracy

It’s week 9! This week I’ve spent most of my writing time cracking on with trying to finish my other work in progress, The Nightblade. I’m about halfway the book at the moment and aiming for a late summer release. This story is about Ferran of BlackMoor and covers his backstory as well as covering the events leading up to the events that take place at the start of Heir to the Sundered Crown.

Here’s a sneaky peak-

The small boy hummed to himself as he walked across the field. He enjoyed the way the long grass tickled his bare feet and the softness of the earth. He had been walking most of the day, but thanks to the vitality provided by youth he did not yet feel tired. The view from the field was beautiful. Being located in the foothills that surrounded the small town of Midlake it offered the lad panoramic views of the shimmering waters of the three great lakes. Behind him were the dark ominous trees that marked the borders of the Fell forest.

Nearby he could hear the bells of the cows that he was tasked of keeping a watchful eye on. The animals happily munched their way across the field and their odour carried on the gentle breeze which was rolling off of the distant lakes. The day was hot and sunny. Insects flitted to and fro and the sounds of birds filled the air. All in all the day was perfect.

The boy was just eight summers old and wore the clothes of a Sheppard. His loose white tunic was offset by a pair of scruffy grey trousers and on his head he wore a straw hat that was slightly too small for his head. He leaned down and picked one of the pretty blue wildflowers that grew at the edge of the fields. He placed it gently into the small pouch tied haphazardly to his waist. Looking inside the pouch he was happy to see that he had now collected quite a nice variety of flowers, his mother would be delighted with them.

A noise like something moving quickly through the undergrowth caused him to look up. He tilted his head to listen…there it was again, only this time it came from behind him. The hair on the back of the lad’s neck began to stand on end, something wasn’t right. It was at that moment that the boy realised that he had wandered further away from the town than he had ever done previously. A sense of panic began to fill him. His mother had always told him to go no further than the third field over from the edge of town. He was in the fourth!

The cows began to moo and stamp their feet. The boy could see that many of the herd had begun to move back towards the town, as if some instinct told them that they should not be so far from it. The animals grouped together, their sounds of distress growing more frantic. All fears forgotten the boy ran towards them, he couldn’t allow the herd to stampede, if he did and they caused damage to famer Wolds fields he would be in for a world of hurt.

The sound of something moving through the undergrowth came again, only this time louder. The boy slowed. Suddenly it had grown cold, so cold that goose bumps had formed upon his skin. A strange white mist began to flow from the trees that bordered the field like water in a river. Soon the mist had overtaken the boy and the panicking cows. It grew thicker and thicker until the lad could not even see his own hand held in front of his face. His breath now came in clouds of steam as its warmth reacted to the now icy cold air. The fear returned like a worm knotting in his guts.

The cows began to make horrible noises, and the lad swore that he heard what sounded like something eating loudly. He ran towards the noise, the mist hiding the horrors ahead. He slipped on something sticky and with a cry crashed to the ground. He used his hands to right himself but they too now felt sticky. He held them up to his face and screamed. They were covered in blood. He looked down, so were his feet and so was the ground all around him.

As quickly as it had come the mist began to dissipate. The boy was breathing rapidly, terror in his heart. He watched the mist retreat back across the field and back into the tree line from whence it had come. He stifled a scream. Something was moving in the mist, something tall and cloaked. It vanished back into the forest. The mist cleared to reveal the cows, or rather what was left of them.

Each of the beasts had been devoured so that only their bones were left. The grass around them was painted red with their blood.

The boy screamed.

Also, this week I’ve discovered that the issue of piracy has become a bit of a problem. Whilst doing a Google search for War for the Sundered Crown I came across a number of websites that offered free downloads of the book. This issue is serious for all indy writers, how many copies of indy author books have been basically stolen? How much money have indy authors been cheated out of?

I’m going to look further into this issue over the next few weeks. If you know of a way to get your books removed from these sites please get in touch. I’m  annoyed at Amazon for not taking more action to combat this issue.

The epic Sundered Crown Saga is available on kindle and paperback now!
Heir to the Sundered Crown (Book 1) – http://a.co/cRiRqBL
War for the Sundered Crown (Book 2) – http://a.co/39JC6qc
Paperback editions –
Heir to the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1XDSxlg
War for the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1RiVFDs

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