I didn't quite know which thread to put this in, but it seems business related.
I saw this morning that someone I know was posting asking for suggestions on where to get good free ebooks, and lamenting that the good ones are few and far between. Someone suggested going to the library and it was said they didn't have enough time to do that. (To which I wanted to be snarky and reply if you don't have time to stop by the library you don't have time to read, but I resisted.)
A large number of my friends and relatives seem to pirate books. Over the holidays one even saw that my mother's kindle had hardly anything on it (because I'm pretty sure my mom doesn't pirate, and she usually reads paper books) and they took it upon themselves to load up her kindle with pirated books. And they apparently don't even know my mom very well as not one of them appeared to be a mystery novel.
I threw a not very articulate fit about the whole thing and they just replied with: "Well you pirated Downton Abby."
Which is not entirely true. I buy the DVD when it comes out and, I did not download it free of commercials, I live stream it through a friend in the UK while they watch it live over there on ITV and it's just as if I were coming over and sitting on their couch which is only to avoid spoilers because they insist upon releasing it six months late in the USA, and I eventually do pay for it on DVD, I seriously doubt that they eventually go back and pay for any of those books. Which are in fact available for purchase now, they just choose not to.
I know I have it easy, the library is literally half a block away, I got an email once that the book they ordered through interlibrary loan was in and I shocked the woman and got there within two minutes of her email being sent. She looked at me like I was magic, it was awesome. But, people are willing to wait in line and drive out of their way to get their really expensive fancy coffees they will down in ten minutes, but they can't pay for a book they will enjoy for hours? I don't know how to talk some sense into them.
So if anyone has a very concise way of phrasing the argument for actually paying authors for their hard work that I could use that would be awesome, because right now I am just silently judging them.
Is it rude to point out that: good ebooks aren't free just like (insert goods or services provided by that person's profession) isn't free, because in order to do your work you need to be able to make a living.
I just feel like someone might take that as a personal attack rather than really see the point.
Also what are clam books, and oyster books? Those were some of the suggestions people put in the comments to my friend's original post, which I gather are subscription services, much like netflix is for movies, but are those sites actually good or do authors get screwed over? It wasn't immediately apparent from their websites how (or how much) it is that authors get paid through such a model.