Pirating Books: Graycity.net and others

A friend recently notifiegraycity2d me that there was a site offering eBooks for free download, and several of my books were among those offered. The site is called graycity.net, and it’s got quite an extensive library of “free” books— extensive enough to have ten of mine and several of many other indie authors I know.

Source: The Business of Pirating Books: Graycity.net ‹ Indies Unlimited ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Book piracy sites seemed to be a dime a dozen. They spring up like weeds. This particular site got taken down a day or two ago, and now it’s operating again.

This post from Indies Unlimited gives you some of the basics about dealing with such sites if you’re an author and find some of your books there. And also, Melissa points out that if you’re a reader who thinks it’s okay to rip off an author there are some hidden dangers in many of these pirate sites.

Gray City is run from a country far away and that cuts down our options for getting rid of them once and for all.

I keep hoping that an author who also knows how to write flawless malware will target book pirate sites and tear them to shreds.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed about that.

–Malcolm

A bestselling author’s book piracy story

“A pirated copy isn’t ‘good advertising’ or ‘great word of mouth’ or ‘not really a lost sale.’”

via Contents of Maggie Stiefvater’s Brain

A lot of authors dismiss book piracy with blasé misconceptions like those Maggie Stiefvater quoted above. They’re wrong. Maggie Stefvater almost lost traction her Raven King series (a series I like, btw) because pirated copies were diluting sales to the extent that her publisher thought the public was losing interest.

As she says, authors generally expect the first book in a series to sell the best and for sales to go down in the follow-up books. But she tried a nifty way of proving that there was more to it than expected reader attrition.

This is a cautionary tale for authors, especially those who think piracy either doesn’t hurt you or that it might actually help you. Click on the link to see how she saved her series.

–Malcolm