Thieves-In-Books Change the Future of RiverHouse Releases Including Anatoly’s New Book

Let me vent for a while, ladies, if you don’t mind.  I spent many months, weeks, days, hours on my work.  So, it pains me to no end when I see that readers purchase my book and then post it on illegal forums, even against 17 U.S.C. § 512 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).  Why a person would want to first pirate another person’s personal work, then pawn if off for free.  Needless to say, I’ve already contacted the FBI and my lawyers.  This upsets me very much and provides to me the understanding of that double-edged sword of technology.  While I have loved the Kindle, Nook and PDF capabilities, I’m not sure that it’s worth being the victim of other people’s inconsiderate and costly behavior. 

What are your thoughts? Have any of you ever experienced this with your own work or have you ever pirated?   Check out this story on CNN aobut Piracy.  We at RiverHouse are seriously taking into consideration some of the suggestions including choosing not to make books electronic from here on out….

I’d love to hear your thoughts.


~ by Latrivia Welch on July 12, 2010.

5 Responses to “Thieves-In-Books Change the Future of RiverHouse Releases Including Anatoly’s New Book”

  1. While I enjoy the convenience of ebooks, I still prefer the print editions. I’ve heard of ebook piracy, which is an added problem. I would never, and have never engaged in this type of activity because of my appreciation for reading books. It’s amazing how people will steal, without any consideration for the author or the consequences. It’s already enough having to find a publisher or self-publish your work, considering how fickle the book publishing industry is today for new authors, and even established authors. I didn’t fully understand the extent of this situation until I read one of Shara Azod’s ebooks, in which she explicitly had a notice against ePirates and the websites that promote/ engage in this activity. I believe that those who engage in such behavior should be prosecuted; hopefully, it shouldn’t be that difficult to find them because of their IP address. This is definitely a crime, and I wish you the best. I would prefer to read your books in the print edition, than to not read them at all because of this problem.

  2. Latriva and Chas, I agree with you both on these people being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Until I read Shara Azod’s note to ePirates I didn’t understand how widespreed ePiracy was. My husband brought me a kindle so I can cut down on the books in the house. My favorite books I have them both on kindle and in print. Latriva I have your books both in print and on kindle. I understand why many authors are not putting their books in ebook format anymore. Plus I also noticed that some are waiting two to three years before releasing them on ebook.

    As I await for Anatoly’s story I only hope you will continue to find joy in your writings.

    • After your post, Denise, I too read the note to ePirates. Well done. Well said. We have to push back and take control over our intellectual property. It feels like someone came into my company and took a few thousand copies. Breathe!!!

      However, to know that I have devoted readers who still are willing to purchase and speak against this type of theft is awesome.

      Three years? That may be an idea.

      Thanks for the suggestion.


  3. Hi Latrivia

    It is simply shameful what those people did and it shoes no respect of originality and hard work.
    It is a catch 22 situation but I would suggest releasing ebook copies long after the book has been established (9-12mths)

    This will also force the industry to come up with better technology and persecute those responsible

    Its been an ongoing uproar for a while that the internet and digital media do not have sufficient nor efficient rules to govern this media.

    we watch and learn. When it begins to hurt pockets change will come

    Take it as lessons learned and blacklist the silly twats that did this

    Take it easy now

    • Hi Briggy,

      I’m definitely going to consider this Anatoly’s book. I don’t want to be taken advantage of or my readers. You all pay for the work and if you pay, everyone should pay.

      I will take it easy. Have a great day, Briggy.

      Talk to you soon.

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