What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?

bad hackerAuthors often give away free eBooks when promoting their work. You’ll find free eBooks at all the legitimate eBook websites: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance and more. If you want a free eBook, I recommend you go there.

However, some readers believe they should never have to pay for an eBook. Not long ago one of my writer friends had a free promotion on the first book in his series. A reviewer left a rave five star review saying he loved the book and wished the author’s other books were free so he could read them too. Huhh?? Seriously??

For authors battling pirate sites, there is one consolation, many of those pirate websites that claim to offer “free” eBooks are often offering more than a book – such as a nifty virus or Trojan. I’ve also heard that at some sites you don’t even get the promised book file – just a nasty computer infestation.

Of course, there are pirate sites out there where you can pick up free eBooks. Back to question I asked in the headline: What do they call a person who downloads pirated eBooks?

Answer: A Thief.

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