A major book piracy website was shut down the other day, and the reaction has been… appalling.
Outraged readers, some who honestly seem to believe it’s a basic human right to read books without paying for them, are now going around the internet attacking authors for being “elitist” for preventing them from stealing their work.
I was going to write a long thing, but you know what? If you don’t understand that theft is a terrible thing, then you’re a terrible person.
It’s not “elitist” to expect someone to pay a couple of dollars for a book. Books in the United States are ridiculously cheap. You wouldn’t expect people in other jobs to work for no or next to no pay, and authors work A LOT of hours.
In the end, here’s the thing: you’re not going to die if you don’t read a book. Nobody is denying you food or shelter. Why should anybody provide you with something for free? Authors need money too.