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Seanan McGuire
Another day, another pirate site deciding that they're entitled to distribute my books for free, and that adding a "tee hee, leave an Amazon review, it's the right thing to do after you get a free copy" disclaimer makes it all better.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
You know...this really chaps my cheese. Because these sites, they always want to make themselves out to be the heroes. They are Robbing the Rich to Feed the Poor.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
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I am not the goddamn rich here, people. I am the "shop at Target, wait for sales, get super-excited when London broil drops to $2.88 a pound, save all year for anything bigger than some nice new dice" lower middle class.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
(I have been the poor. I have eaten the part of the bread where the mold isn't yet, and made the decision between deodorant and toothpaste, because you can't buy both. I will not claim to be the poor.)
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
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And I guess you could go "well, your PUBLISHER is the rich," but my publisher is also a BUSINESS. If no one buys my books because everyone is downloading them illegally for free, my publisher will decide I am no longer a viable commodity, and stop publishing me.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
THAT'S HOW THIS WORKS. Publishers publish books they think will make them (and the author) money; the books sell, everyone gets money, everyone is happy; the books don't sell, the publisher tries something else.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
"But Seanan, what about those studies that prove illegal downloads don't hurt sales?" You mean the studies that, by sheer volume, focus almost entirely on visual and audio media?
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Priscilla Spencer Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
After breaking into someone’s house and stealing their TV, leaving a note saying you appreciate their aesthetic sense is the right thing to do.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
When I was in high school, in the baby days of Napster and file sharing, everyone I know downloaded music illegally. They fell in love with music illegally. We didn't really understand why this was different from the radio.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
But--and here's the thing--the repeat value of music is different from the repeat value of a book. The single most-listened-to song in my iTunes right now is "Mr. Jones," by the Counting Crows. 503 listens.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
503 listens just since I started using this specific iTunes library file. That is...so many. On the flip side, the book I have re-read the most, IT, by Stephen King, currently stands at somewhere around thirty complete repeats.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
Thirty vs. 503. And I have well over a dozen songs with listens in the high 300s. I do not have well over a dozen books with re-reads in the high twenties. The repeat value of books is different.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
If someone gave me a mix tape or a download link with a single awesome song, I really WAS likely to try to buy the album, because I didn't have the rest of the awesome. No one downloads just a single illegally posted chapter of a book.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
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And yes, some people who download illegally were never going to be customers anyway. That is absolutely, totally, 100% true. Books cost money; people have different priorities for their money; the world is a dumpster fire right now.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
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Why should people be worrying about artists getting paid when the world is a dumpster fire? I mean, isn't art too important for that?
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
No. No it is not. Because my cats don't know that the world is a dumpster fire. They know that they're hungry when I don't feed them, and cold when I don't pay the electric bill to heat the house.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
Please. If you can't afford the books you want to read, do everyone a massive favor and use your local library. Using the library helps them to keep their budget, and is a free, viable way of reading damn near anything you want.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
"Tee-hee leave an Amazon review it's the least you can do after getting a free copy" can eat my ENTIRE ass. "A free copy" is a book I, or my publisher, gives away on purpose. An illegal download may be free, but it's jerk-move free. It's uncool free.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @seananmcguire
Remember that the artists whose work you love are often living on the razor's edge of financial ruin, and please, seek another way. Thank you.
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Seanan McGuire Jul 1
Replying to @priscellie
Right?
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