Ebook Piracy and How it Affects Authors


I got a Google alert a few days ago for my name, which informed me that one of my books was available for free download on SoundCloud. While I’ve gotten alerts before for books available on sites that host pirated ebooks, this is the first time I’ve been notified that a book of mine is being given away for free on an audio platform. I contacted the publisher of the book, who sent a takedown notice to the site, and, when I checked a few days later, the book was gone. I did, however, find another of my books available for download on the site; one from 2004, that is so out of date that I don’t care. (And for which I don’t earn any royalties, having never earned out the advance.)

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