I’m going to post a link, and I really hope that everyone clicks on it and reads Maggie Stiefvater’s excellent post about how Internet book piracy has a real and serious impact on the books that authors are able to write.

This is true — I get between two and three emails a week from Google notifications letting me know that one of my book titles has popped up online. When I look at these emails, they are never letting me know that someone posted a review on their blog, or mentioned one of the books in some other fashion. No, it’s always letting me know the same thing — a free .pdf of my book is available for download on one of the pirating websites. Usually, I pass this along to my publisher, and hopefully they will make them take it down, but there’s no stopping it.

As someone who wasn’t able to finish writing a book series because the publisher saw low sales numbers, piracy is a really big deal to me, and I hope that everyone reads Maggie’s post and really thinks about it.

Thank you — and especially thank you to everyone who bought my books in stores, or bought e-copies of my books, or borrowed my book from a library. You guys made Book 4 happen.



About M. L. Brennan

Author of the Generation V urban fantasy series, published by Roc Books. Not your usual vampires, kitsune shapeshifters with attitude, Doctor Who jokes, and underemployment. GENERATION V and its sequel, IRON NIGHT, available wherever books are sold. Third installment, TAINTED BLOOD, to be published 11/14.

Posted on October 31, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I was so sorry and irritated to learn that piracy has ended your Generation V series. I enjoyed it greatly and had been waiting for the next book on Fort and his family. I enjoyed your writing style and Fort’s story. I can only hope that you might be able to continue the series sometime in the future. I don’t know what the solution to piracy is. We have too many people that just always want something for nothing and don’t care how hard someone else worked on or for it. It is disheartening to learn how many authors have been effected by piracy. It would be a sad world where no new books were written or movies made because others wanted to see it or read it free. I am again sorry for you, me and so many others that enjoyed Generation V. Tina

  2. I just finished book 4 (I bought them all on Amazon!).
    I really enjoyed your series and I’d be thrilled if there were a book 5 and 6. I hope it can still happen.

    • I purchased all four also in paperback. I keep hoping that M. L. Brennan will continue the series so I can buy them as well. Maybe new books can go on Amazon in a serial version and maybe that will help thwart pirates. There is no easy solution to this awful problem. Especially when authors cannot get the money they DESERVE for THEIR creative efforts. If you enjoyed the series and did not pay for it, you KILLED FORTITUDE. Happy??????

      • Hey Tina — Thanks so much for supporting the series, and for your very kind words. Ebook piracy is a major problem for all writers, and sadly there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution. The more that people understand that piracy is not a victimless crime, and that this idea of “I support the writers, but not those greedy publishers” is hurting WRITERS, the more I hope that people can change behaviors.

        I see a lot of people who justify ebook piracy by saying that they can’t afford to buy the books — well, if you can’t afford to buy the books, then work on getting them through your local library. Libraries are a fantastic resource, and because they purchase their copies, they are also supporting the authors. Libraries can get physical books, and also more and more they are working on ebook lending systems (which I know is very important for people who are facing disability and access issues).

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