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Submission + - The effect of illegal downloads on authors (

martyros writes: An Author's perspective on illegal downloads of their work, with actual numbers. From the article: "It’s going out of print in hardcover because demand for it has dwindled to 10 or so copies a month. This means I will never get a royalty check for this book. By all appearances, nobody wants it anymore. But those appearances are deceiving. According to one download site’s stats, people are downloading SHADOWED SUMMER at a rate of 800 copies a week. When the book first came out, it topped out at 3000+ downloads a week. If even HALF of those people who downloaded my book that week had bought it, I would have hit the New York Times Bestseller list. ...And let me tell you guys the sales figures on SHADOWED SUMMER had a seriously detrimental effect on my career. It took me almost two years to sell another book. I very nearly had to change my name and start over."

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