Hey guys, I have a question for you. How do you deal with ebook piracy in your lives? I'm sure we've all come across this little problem at least once (heck, I took part of it too a long time ago) and I was wondering how you guys go on about it.
I didn't pay much mind to it a few months ago to tell you the truth. Where I live, reading books is not much of a thing. People rarely read books (at least the people I know), and the ones that do tend to read books far from what I like to read. BUT everything started to change when my friends started looking for YA and NA book recommendations. At first I was thrilled my friends wanted to read the books I loved. So yeah, I recommended and practically listed all the books found on Goodreads. I was overjoyed and I gushed day and night. I felt life was perfect and in a way, I felt good knowing my friends came to me looking for advice.
Now, imagine my surprise (and guilt) when I start hearing from them how much they enjoyed a particular book. A book I was starting at the moment and I knew perfectly they didn't own. How could they? The book they read had to be yet translated in Spanish and they don't read in English. I told them how it was wrong to pirate a book and they should have waited for the translated version to come out, but they simply blew me off with the excuse that they couldn't wait for it to be in Spanish. I let it pass that time.
Sadly, that wasn't the end of it. They haven't stopped. Every single day they keep downloading the books I treasure and I feel helpless because I can't do anything about it. I do tell them that what they are doing is wrong and illegal, but they just ignore me and say things like: "I have better stuff to use my money on than buying books". SERIOUSLY?
And come on, they know how much this world means to me. They know how much I strive to promote books and think that authors are my rockstars. I feel betrayed with what they are doing (and I'm not even an author!). Not all the books they have downloaded are unavailable in Spanish. Most of them ARE available and can be found in our few bookstores and they ARE NOT expensive. A book for $200 pesos (like $15 dollars) isn't that pricey, not to mention the lower ebook prices. Besides, we all have to buy our books and support our authors. Authors have struggled a lot to get their works published and for their books to be pirated is pretty low, especially if pirating readers start raving about the authors and say how they have become their favorite authors. Please.
I really don't know what to do. My friends think I have contacted and brought down the websites they have been going to download books, but I haven't done such a thing (though I inwardly smiled in victory). I don't have that power, but sometimes I wish I could.
I won't get into a fight with them that is for sure. I love them and I certainly don't hate them. However, they talk about the books they download in front of me and I feel like they do it on purpose. I try to ignore them as best as I can though it saddens me that I can't talk about my favorite books with them anymore in fear they are going to go download them illegally, and all because of my fault.
So that brings me back to my question(s)... How do you handle this? Do you have friends who download books illegaly too?