(Sigh) I’m about to go on a bit of a tangent everyone. You have been warned.
I have been coming across posts all day about authors who give out their ARCs to bloggers or beta readers and within a few hours or days, those ARCs are already on pirate sites.
Speaking as someone who has received numerous ARCs in the past, this infuriates me! It should be obvious why, but I’m still going to tell you the reasons anyway (gets on soapbox)
1) Piracy is wrong!! This is a no-brainer! How can you expect an author to make a living, to pay bills, to buy groceries, etc. if you are basically stealing their income?! Piracy adversely affects an author’s income because they don’t make a single penny out of their hard work if people are downloading on pirate sites. It gets even worse! Some people have the audacity to actually SELL that author’s work to make a profit off of something that is not theirs. With all of the free books available on Amazon, the great selections at libraries, or the tons of books that go on sale every single day there really is no excuse to steal. You are not helping the author in any way, shape or form.
2) Good natured bloggers and beta-readers end up taking the heat. I just read that immediately after an author sent out ARCs to bloggers, her book was uploaded to a piracy site. She only sent her ARC to bloggers and this simple fact alone is the main reason why I’m typing this post. Authors heavily rely on bloggers to help promote their work, expand their amount of readers, and to share teasers, etc. So when one blogger or beta-reader tramples over the trust of that author then the rest of us are in question as well. If one blogger did it then who’s to say that the next blogger won’t either? It’s perfectly logical. I would wonder that too if I was an author. Bloggers who take advantage of opportunities like this should be ashamed of themselves. You, of all people, should know better.
3) The more you download from those sites, the more they will continue to pop up. Of course, those websites are partly to blame, but the ones who take the full blame are none other than the same people who go to those sites in search of pirated content. If there was no demand, then there wouldn’t be nearly as many piracy sites as there currently are.
Just put yourself in that author’s shoes. Think of how much time, money, energy, and thought went into each and every single book. What would you do if it was you that people were stealing from? I can guarantee you wouldn’t like it.
As for you fellow bloggers and beta-readers, I sincerely hope that you consider how much trust that author is placing in your hands by giving you an ARC. Don’t break that trust. Be grateful!