Theft is theft is theft. It’s disgusting that people think it’s okay to steal someone else’s income, and stealing books is a crime. Almost always, authors are making considerably less than the book pirates assume.
Here’s an article from The Guardian about the issue:
As publishers struggle with ‘whack-a-mole’ websites, experts, authors and Guardian readers who illegally download books, assess the damage.
And here is author Rachel Cane’s response to it: