Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail End FREE download: Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy

Ani cover pic

Sites offering copies of pirated e-books now abound on the web. Authors work hard… writing alone demands time, energy and commitment, without proofing and editing… and, especially for the small press or Indie writer the work does not stop there. There are covers to design, formatting to be learned and done, author platforms to be built and maintained… and in the fabulous freedom of today’s market, where every voice can be published and heard, it can be appalling difficult to get a book noticed, make sales and get reviews.

Yet writers persevere. They write because there is something in them that needs to write, words that need to be said, ideas that have to be shared… and voices that can only be stilled by spilling them out onto a page. It is a consuming passion.

And, when all this has been poured into launching a book… you turn around and find pirate sites have stolen your work and are offering it for free, as part of a platform for their own money-making.


There is, in such practice, no thought for the hours, months, often years, that have gone into the production of a book. There is no sharing through delight or respect, no quoting as homage. It is, quite simply, theft.

Many readers who are only looking for an interesting book, preferably as cheaply as possible will not be aware that the author has neither supplied the copy nor authorised its inclusion in these sites. Indeed, many authors are not even aware themselves that their books are being supplied as pirate copies.

The problem arises when, once made aware, you try and have the books removed. DMC notices through the pirate sites concerned have elicited tales of technological horror. Most are ignored… the books continue to be offered from countries where the Indie author cannot afford to pursue the legal route and seek redress. About all we can do is trawl the internet for the many helpful articles before starting a long battle to regain control of our own work.

What the reader can do to help is to buy from reputable sites. Many ebooks are free, most are no more than the price of a coffee. Even paperbacks by Indie authors are priced as low as possible, their prices dictated largely by the cost of print.


But what can writers do to stop this piracy? Very little on our own. Some have banded to together with a novel idea… to raise awareness and make a statement. It won’t stop piracy. It may even be seen as an odd idea to give our books away to protest that they are being given away! But it represents a choice… one that we have made, to offer books for free download via reputable channels, because we so choose and not because that choice has been stolen.

For today and tomorrow, I choose to offer Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail End as a free download for Kindle via Amazon.  I chose this book simply because it is designed to raise a smile, and laughter is often the best way to deal with the bullying tactics often employed by these pirate sites.

Ani, who for whom each sale is one step closer to the automatic tennis ball launcher of her dreams, has given her permission…

Even if you have no intention of reading the poems penned ‘by’ and about the Small Dog and her pet two-legs… do consider downloading it, just to show your support for Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy, organised by Maegan Provan.

Thank you.

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Visit the Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy website for details of other books being offered for free download as well as helpful articles on what to do if your book appears on a pirate site.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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25 Responses to Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail End FREE download: Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy

  1. barbtaub says:

    Reblogged this on Barb Taub and commented:
    Sue addresses a problem facing every publishing channel. My own publisher doesn’t even distribute to Spain anymore because net sales are negative. One copy of a new book is purchased and immediately returned, only to appear on pirate sites a minute later. But her reaction is FAR nicer than mine! I urge you to take advantage of her generous offer of Ani’s charming and funny book.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you for sharing, Barb. I can’t see the problem going away as more and more ebooks are available. the only people who can make a real difference are the readers.

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      • barbtaub says:

        It’s not a new issue. Musicians and artists and filmmakers have been struggling with the impact of piracy for years too. But I think what’s new is the sense people have of being ENTITLED to have everything on the internet be free. People who wouldn’t dream of stealing from a store or market stall think they have every right to listen to music, watch videos, or read books for free online. I worked in the software industry, and it was source of unending frustration to release a product that was the combined best efforts of hundreds of dedicated people only to have pirated copies show up on the street or online.


        • Sue Vincent says:

          I know.. and though laws are in place, still they are flouted and almost unenforceable. The trouble is, with so much out there for free on legitimate sites, why not just ‘shop’ there instead of using the ones only set up to make money from other people’s work… and probably only as a collecting point for email addresses too!

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  2. TanGental says:

    Done. Well said Sue


  3. Mary Smith says:

    Well said, Sue. I’ve found my books on pirate sites. On one, I used the on-site DMC to request the removal of the books, which happened within minutes – then I thought, mmmh, I’ve just given those people my email address! Probably not a smart move.
    I already own a copy of Laughter Lines – and can warmly recommend it.


  4. reocochran says:

    I am always happy when someone makes me smile or laugh. Thanks so much!


  5. There are always unscrupulous people; it’s difficult to tackle this alone, I’ve found. But many thanks for the book, Sue.


  6. Cathy says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Raising awareness of piracy ~ please buy from reputable sites. And thanks for the lovely free book 🙂


  7. It is sickening that these pirate sites get away with this. Thank you for the book, I love a good laugh and look forward to reading it 🙂


  8. I cannot get my head around how fast this happens and the reason anyone would steal another’s work. I know this isn’t new but it still doesn’t make it right. Wonderful post. ❤


  9. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m always appalled at the tales of piracy I hear about on the internet. The disconnect is so disturbing. They just don’t get it, do they?


  10. D.G.Kaye says:

    Great post Sue. I’m noticing many articles lately about this pesky crime. This is good because word is getting around and the more we write about it and share it, perhaps we can minimize the thievery. 🙂


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