To justify theft by saying that the thief wouldn't pay for what they stole is ridiculous. Clearly, they wanted the product but didn't think it was 'worth' $4 because they can steal it without consequences.
In the latest @ALCS_UK research "“The median annual income of a professional author is £10,500 (US$11,300), which is well below the minimum wage."
1% of authors earn huge sums, most of us barely scrape a living.
Budgeting is a vital life skill. We all have to learn how to budget/ make choices about what we spend our money on.
You want that pair of sneakers-save for them,
Same goes for #books
Pirate sites aren't charity. They are not 'doing poor readers a favor'.
They make MILLIONS through advertising and links to upload/download sites who pay per click.
The money made likely goes to facilitate other crime.
Perspective: My books have been removed from over 4000 pirate sites. I have 25 titles. If one copy of every book was downloaded on each site that's 100,000 books.
To believe that piracy DOES'T affect book sales is senseless.
Audiobooks cost thousands to produce. You never know if the author was paid by a pub/ paid for the production or if the narrator was paid upfront/chose royalty share.
Stealing audio takes income from the rights-holder AND narrator