There is a bit of a Twitter blowback happening right now about the insinuation that many bloggers have been giving away pirated copies of authors' books to their blog readers via their giveaways...
We believe the controversy was started by this incredibly detailed and interesting post from author Teresa Mummert who realized that a blogger gave away a pirated copy of her book, White Trash Beautiful. She realized this after receiving an email from the reader who won the giveaway, received the pirated copy of Mummert's book, then quickly questioned the legitimacy of receiving it.
It isn't this post that seems to be the problem... it's subsequent controversial blog posts from authors and bloggers who are responding to this post as well as the assertion that "more and more bloggers than you think are doing this..."
We don't really believe this is a widespread problem among bloggers because most professional bloggers work directly with blog tour organization or the authors themselves, and there's no need to giveaway pirated copies of books when the authors are more than willing to gift them to readers via legitimate giveaways in exchange for being promoted by the bloggers.
However, it's an interesting read because it gives you a clear idea about the practices and mechanics of dealing with bloggers as well as how best to gift your books as an author via giveaways.
We quoted the below post, lifted from the comments section of Teresa Mummert's article. It is by a reader/newbie blogger who summarizes the procedure that is likely the most professional way of handling a giveaway.
Regardless of how you feel about the controversy, it's all good information if you are an author promoting yourself via giveaways and bloggers, or a blogger who is running a giveaway.
Wow! I have entered and won lots of giveaways, but I've never been asked to provide my kindle email for a book. I've always had them directly gifted from the author. I just started blogging in March and I have only done 2 giveaways, which were for physical copies that I purchased from Amazon and Book Depo. Haven't had one where I actually interacted with an author for a kindle copy of a book, but in the future I will be sure to stay in contact with the author during the giveaway. I will then forward the winner's info to the author who will distribute gifted copies themselves. I have so many PDF files of books that I have reviewed from authors, but I would never host a giveaway and intentionally forward the files as the prize. Is that what they did? The files are for MY review purposes and not to be distributed around like some bootleg movie or CD. Shame on them! So sorry this happened to you. There's no telling how many authors they've done this to.