Amazon’s been refusing to raise the price of African Me & Satellite TV above $2.99 on the grounds that it’s being sold for that price elsewhere, but I couldn’t figure out where because it’s $3.99 on all the other platforms that I know of. I googled it and came up with a couple of foreign language sites I’ve never heard of before, but I’m guessing that they are Smashwords affiliates. One is definitely a pirate site though, offering PDF copies for download.
When I headed over to the site my Bitdefender blocked it, so I’m guessing that whoever downloaded it probably don’t have proper security on their computers, and got more than a book when they did. Jolly dee. I checked out the download site on WhoIs but I don’t see any way to contact them, so I’ve decided to ignore it for now. I’ve always said that if anyone is on a tight book budget and would like to read any of my books, all they have to do is ask anyway. I’m a bit amazed that the site offering the download links is hosted by WordPress, so I’ll contact them and see what they have to say.
I’ve never sent anyone a PDF copy of any of my books, but I suppose with all the different formats available to buy on Smashwords, pirating is made easier. Pirating is here to stay in the digital world, and I don’t think there is much you can do about it. My thinking is that whoever braves the malware on these sites to get these “free” books would never buy them to begin with, so I’m not losing royalties. I really do understand that some people just can’t afford to spend their money on books, and maybe this is the only way they get to read what they fancy. African Me has never been on free promotion, so it does bother me a little that someone else is doing one without my permission. Most of them probably just like getting free stuff just because they can. Buggers.