Thursday, April 5, 2012

Temptation

Oh, man.

I have Google Alerts for all of our SHP authors and their books. Today, I get one for Jennifer Armentrout. It's a request on a file sharing site for her book, Pure, and it includes the following:

Does anyone have Jennifer Armentrout's Pure (Covenant #2)?? I've been looking for it for quite some time now and I'd appreciate your help.... I know she's in the opt out list so here's my e-mail: r**********@yahoo.com

Sooooo, this individual KNOWS that the author and publisher have taken legal steps to keep people from stealing the e-book version by uploading it to the site... AND I now have this person's email address.

What should I do?

Option A: Ignore it.


Option B: Send her a thoughtful and calm email about why pirating the book harms authors and publishers, especially small publishers and new authors, and include a link to where she can buy the book. 


Option C: Sign her up for every single newsletter, dating site, and Nigerian prince scam I can find online.


Option D: Post her email address publicly and ask Jennifer's legions of loyal fans to go all Option C on her @$$.


Decisions, decisions...

And have a Happy Easter, peeps! (get it? "peeps?" Like the marshmal--oh, never mind)

21 comments:

DforDarla said...

I really like Option C though.

Two Chicks On Books said...

I'd go for B tact is always best and if that doesn't work go for something more drastic. ;)

-Jaime

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

That's true, Jaime! I could send her the nice email AND Nigerian Prince her!

Cassandra said...

C and D sound like fun.. But B is the mature thing to do..

cristina said...

I'd go with B. And if tht doesn't work then there is always option C.

K.M. Young said...

How about B, and if you get a rude reply, C!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha.

Amanda @Stuck In YA Books said...

I would go B and maybe C... D would be interesting

Sharon Bayliss said...

Publicly posting her email address with her intent to obtain pirated works. She's a thief and she's not too bright either. I wonder if there is any way to report her through the proper channels.

Valia Lind said...

C and D Please!!! People are ridiculous!!!

Lisa Rogers said...

I'm thinking option D is a really really good choice. :)

Franny said...

Option D all the way :) Let the legions of fans do the dirty work :P
I know B would be the best thing to do, but I've experienced something similar in the past and I've found that the voices of others (and lots of them) are much more powerful and effective than just one.

Kim said...

Maybe send her the email, but make it more firm - "what you are asking is illegal and I will take legal action if you continue to seek pirated works of any SHP author" - maybe this is a young girl and it will scare her enough to not do it and to pass the word along to friends? Though, there is a little bitty piece of me that just loves the spamming!

Silvia said...

Option B would probably be my first choice, but let's face it, people are crossing the line over and over, it's definitely time for Option D to start kicking in!

Emily White said...

Honestly? Option B is the best for this reason:

She would be humiliated and probably repent of her ways. Few people actually realize authors and publishers CAN ACTUALLY FIND OUT ABOUT THIS STUFF! GASP! But it's true, and once she finds out, she'll be too terrified of getting another email like that in the future to do it again.

Option C or D could just make her angry and rally all of her friends to steal books because "see how book industry people are soooo meeeeaaaan!"

Although, the last two do sound like fun. ;)

By the way, all horribleness of stealing aside, this post was hilarious!

J.L. Spelbring said...

Where's the option with pitchforks and torches? :)

Kendra said...

I agree that option B is the best option. But if she already knows that there are legal steps in place, I am not sure if option B will make an impact on her.... I say use option D as a back up just in case. ;)

Book Addict said...

I saw this in my google alerts too. I chose A but I was thinking about pitchforks...

Darby Karchut said...

Spencer Hill Press is known as a first-class press, so I would go with B. Show the world how a professional publisher acts and let "karma" take care of the rest. (But you can always tell her that you blogged about her...)

Jennifer L. Armentrout said...

What the... *insert several bad words...*

You know, my e books really aren't that expensive....

Valerie StuckInBooks said...

This irritates me like nothing else! Option B won't do any good. I've tried talking to students about why it's wrong to download music illegally. They only see themselves and the impact it has on them. Nothing more!

Really though it is your only option. Thoughtful email. BUT @$@$#@$#@$ it makes me mad.

Valerie
StuckInBooks.com

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