By Mary Adair
Another Google Alert hit my inbox. It is amazing how my books are so popular on sites like https://www.flowerfun.net/signup?sf=eone , another site I did not give permission to give my books away. This site offers a “Free” membership with the promise, for supplying the required validation of your account, “Validate Account …Your credit card will NOT be charged for validating your account.” Makes me want to shout out…”Are you kidding??? You take content from authors without permission, while asking people to trust you not to use their credit card information??
Of course there are pretty tough penalties against using a person’s credit card without permission. But then again, if the CC number is “given” away by the owner to a site that has no qualms about freely giving away or selling author’s work without compensation or permission, maybe there would be a loophole…
I would be impressed if the people reading books by joining one of these sites that send out unlimited titles for “Free” or for a “low membership fee” without compensating the author of the work, would at least thank the author for the enjoyable “read” by going to sites like www.goodreads.com and leaving a review. If the reader didn’t mention the site that provided the creative works without permission of the author, no one would know they obtained the work by bypassing the author and the review would be a nice “Thank you” to the author.
I personally believe most members of these sites are fans of the authors they read and do not realize how they hurt the authors by supporting sites that distribute these creative works of art into which their creators pour their hearts and souls for the enjoyment of their readers and fans.