“Everyone likes to get things for free. Say you want free books. There are good ways to get them. Libraries, for certain. If they don’t have the book you’re looking for, ask them to order it. If you like e-books, there are thousands and thousands of free ones available through legitimate online vendors.”
“The bad way to get free books is piracy. It used to be that authors worried (if they worried at all) about plagiarism. Now, pirates steal whole books, making money either directly or indirectly off the backs of authors who work hard and earn little, statistically speaking.
Piracy of intellectual property, like everything else in the economic realm, is fundamentally about value. A Starbucks latte has value. A McDonald’s Big Mac meal has value. A novel in which I poured my soul—not to mention three years of my life—has value.”
From The Self-Made Writer