AstaTalk

So who is Astatalk? Until yesterday, I actually had no idea who or what Astatalk was, but I’ve since learned its an underground community of pirates. In other words, they steal anything and everything they can–books, movies, audio, whatever, and claim that it is their right. Yeah, right. So why did I become aware of them? Apparently, I’m #1 on Astatalk’s banned author list, because I’m part of a group who hired a lawyer to stop Astatalk’s stealing. Which is interesting given that, as I’ve already said, I’d never heard of them until yesterday & the only lawyer I’ve ever hired was for my divorce. But I guess people willing to steal the livelihood of others don’t really care about the truth.

What pirates don’t–or won’t–understand is that they are costing the livelihoods of the very people they love to read (and steal) from. Stealing from authors is far different from Hollywood studios (not saying I approve of this either, btw), but Hollywood studios are vastly more able to withstand the effect of such theft. An author has no outside investors, they don’t have vast merchandising franchises to feed their incomes, they just have their books. And they very much depend on sales (be it print or audio or ebook) to keep their career going. You see, publishing isn’t a benevolent employer–if an author doesn’t make what a publisher considers a decent sell-through (that is, sells enough books to make the publisher a decent profit) then that author is kicked to the curb. No ifs, buts or maybes. And even for the authors that do sell through, it can be a year or more before you see any money (because publishing accountancy is always 6 months behind, meaning they pay for the jan–june half of the year in dec). As I’ve said before, publishing can be tough, especially in bad economic times, and pirating isn’t helping. Not that the pirates care I guess–they’ll just keep happily stealing until there’s no decent authors left, and then they’ll probably scream about the injustice of that!

  • Lisa

    I think that some people are just not happy unless they are making others miserable…after all misery loves company right? Maybe if they’d take the time to read the work they list as banned they would find something else to fill their time with. I’m an avid reader and a huge fan of yours, there’s no list in the world that would keep me from reading your books!

  • Cindy

    Wanted to let you know they have band any fiction books down. But audio is still available..

  • Shelly
  • http://www.lizkreger.com Liz Kreger

    Totally agree with you, Keri. Well put. Pirating anything … whether they’re books, movies, music … whatever, is just that, stealing. I told my daughter that if I ever caught her doing that, she’d lose all rights to the computer and lose the i-Touch as well.

  • Micaela

    This sucks Lila DiPasqua shared a similar link a few weeks ago…..is there nothing you can do to stop them???…..People need to be aware of this….I can’t have my beloved Authors go out of business because someone feels the need to pirate……Just an Idea I know the RT ( I think that’s what it’s called) draws allot of attention is there no way you can make fans aware of these pirates at the RT?….maybe publishers can post it on the inside of every book out there…..or even better you know how some authors have give away parties on facebook maybe they should have an awareness day for this….have every author post a link/MSg like this one ….I’m sure fans are bound to read one of them…..I just feel soooooo bad for all the writers who have to site and watch their beloved work be stolen from them…..BTW no author will go out of business because of me I buy all my books and I’m not talking 2nd hand here…..…….I will share this link on my group wall …..Thanks for Sharing…

    PS those are some smexy covers you have there… ;)

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