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Author Katie Mettner

All You Have To Do Is Ask

I was hanging out on Twitter the other dayyyyyyyy (points if you know the reference there, Squirrely Dan) and someone sent me this image.

Don't get me wrong, I love hearing from my readers when they find a passage that really means something to them, but I couldn't help but notice the address at the top of this one. You'll see the word ePub, which is something my book has never been, so that made me curious immediately. Since my book is only on Amazon, I went to the website at the top and checked it out. Lo and behold, it was another pirate site. A gutsy one, too. It let me read my own book on my computer through the site, but encouraged me to donate $10 to download as many books as I wanted to every month. So, they're charging people the price of Kindle Unlimited a month for them to download and read, not to mention keep, my books. This particular reader claims she didn't know it was a pirate site. Whether she did or she didn't, I'll never know, but I'm inclined to think she didn't. It would take a total brain trust to tweet me a picture of my book if she knew she had obtained it illegally. 

Regardless, I was upset, because I've already blasted 13,000 of these websites in the last two years that have had my books on them. So I blasted this one too, along with another one she mentioned when she wondered if that was a pirate site as well. Of course, it was. The only place you're going to get books, free or paid, that are put there by the authors are Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble etc.

This is the part where the 'just ask' comes into play. I've always been a naysayer about running free books nonstop. I still am, however, I'm starting to see that the books are out there for free anyway, so maybe it's time to change my stance a little bit. If you want a book of mine, all you have to do is ask. I'll gladly give you a copy of any of my books. You can tweet me, Facebook me, Instagram me, or email me at and I'll gladly send it to you. I'd rather send you a copy of the book you want to read than have you go hunt it down on a pirate site that is profiting off my work when I'm not. You can get a free copy of Sugar's Dance by signing up for my newsletter. I don't even care if you unsubscribe immediately. In the coming months, I'll be running a couple of my books for free on Amazon as well. LEGITIMATE free books that you download from a LEGITIMATE retailer, not a scammer.

You can find a list of my books on my Amazon page here. I have romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and LGBT romances. Books are meant to be read and enjoyed, but let's not do that on the back of the author. Let's do it in a way that supports the author and the reader, but not illegal sites that are stealing peoples' intellectual property.


Dana Mason said...

The pirate sites are never-ending. I can't believe how bad it's gotten.

Katie said...

It's truly mind boggling. As fast as they come down a new one opens. I hoped that the hassle would make them give up but alas, they just keep coming back.