This was originally posted by Colleen in July 2016, whilst it may be 4 years old the sentiment is still as true today as it was then.
As -S said when she orignally shared it on the blogs facebook page in 2016:
This is really important. An issue which affects the book world as well as TV and movies.
Take a minute to read Colleen’s thoughts on literacy piracy.
Don’t be a pirate. Unless you can be Jack Sparrow.
Let’s get real for a minute.
My sales have decreased steadily with every book I’ve written since 2013. I sell less than 1/10th of the books I used to sell. Yet, my social media followers have rapidly increased.
I had a previous book get leaked online three months before it released. It had thousands of ratings before it even went on sale from people who downloaded it illegally. It has more ratings on Goodreads alone than it even has total sales.
There’s something terrifying about that.
I don’t believe people steal art because they are thieves. I believe people do this because they are ignorant as to how their failure to purchase the books they read is contributing to the death of art. If things continue at this rate, a few years from now, musicians and authors will not be able to make a living. We won’t even be able to afford the editing, cover art and formatting of the books we write in our own time, outside of our other day jobs.
Please stop contributing to the death of art. Buy your books. Borrow them from the library. But please know that if you are downloading your books illegally, you are a small contributor to a very real issue. Don’t be that person. Be an art savior.
If people don’t show up at your place of employment and demand you work all day every day for free, you shouldn’t expect that of your favorite authors and musicians.
I want people to read. Reading is great, but it can get expensive. I realize this. If you struggle to afford books, download legally free ones or books that are on sale. You can even borrow ebooks from most local libraries.
I want to help art thrive.
As much as you think your personal illegal downloads do not negatively impact artists, they do. More than you know. One negative download is just as impactful as one single purchase. Make sure your impact is a positive one.