Web piracy. You know, we usually blame the pirates for the whole problem, but, as in any capitalist system, the thieves are merely filing the void. The real problem is that there is a market for free books that weren’t paid for.
As readers who download without paying for a book, aka. Stealing, it’s important to note that the whole problem exists solely to feed your appetite, your entitlement. But, corporate profits! But Amazon is a monster! But, the man!
But, no. You are stealing from an author. A person who sits down every day pouring their heart and soul into a manuscript for months. Authors do this for many, many reasons, but a vast majority of us do it in pursuit of the dream that we should be able to do this all the time. We want to write, but we also need to eat.
I assume you have mortgage payments or rent. So do authors. We are living over here. Some of us in need of a viable marketable skill that can help us through the future to provide for families you don’t know or see. And just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Think about that the next time you go to a piracy site thinking you’re striking a blow for the little guy. You really aren’t. You’re stealing from him.