eBook piracy

Should I be flattered, angry, disappointed or what?

It appears that one of my novels, Hold the Faith, is available for illegal download and/or in a library for illegal download.

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I read the reviews… all positive. But since they were not purchased, the reviews are not on one of the two selling sites.

So far, I have published two eBooks. The sub-title of both is ‘The Apostle John series’.


First. Because it is set in the first century AD.

Second… in the course of the lives of the people in the book, and the fictional family of the Apostle, the books go through the writing of the gospel of John.

Third… it is how those first Christians lived their faith.

It is a rich and powerful period of the early Christian church, and whilst facts are documented in the Bible (which is my primary resource), it does not explain what it felt like to be living in those conditions. It was a dangerous time to be ‘different’, and Christians WERE different. So this book series puts, in fictional form, some of the challenges and difficulties of their faith. In spite of the cost, which was sometimes their lives, they did ‘Hold Fast’ to what their Saviour taught them, and passed that teaching on through the generations.

I have are several gigabytes of research for these books. I also have physical research books … Josephus’s Antiquities. Travel in the Ancient World, a book on Domitian, Roman emperor at the time, a bunch of Bible versions and various Bible resources.

I wanted it to be as accurate as it is possible to make something that is approximately twenty centuries in the past.


stealing, kidnap cartoon

The people in the books became ‘part of the family.’ Perhaps that is what I feel, sadness… that someone would steal them. Kidnap them.

I am not a high-ranked author. I never expected the books to be profitable. They are not rude, crude, occult or sexual, which is what sells these days. They tell a story. I learnt a great deal about my early Christian forebears in writing these, and that has value for me.

At $4.99 US I do not think they are unreasonably priced. Currently there are two titles published. Hold the Faith (Book 1) and Grow in Grace (Book 2)

Both are available, as eBooks only, from Amazon Kindle, and from Smashwords.

If I had decided to put them in the Kindle lending library, I would not have been able to offer them for sale on Smashwords.

To the person who was looking to download a PDF version of Hold the Faith, Smashwords is where you can buy a copy. But it sounded as though you wanted to pirate it.

Do people who ‘pirate’ eBooks go into bookstores and steal a book they want to read?

cartoon book thief


You can buy my books at


(a better deal for authors but you need to know how to add it to your library manually)

Hold the Faith cover imageHold the Faith








Grow in Grace, cover imageGrow in Grace








Amazon Kindle

Hold the Faith


Grow in Grace


And by the way, if you do buy and read the book, please leave a review on the site where you purchased it. It was sad to read those positive reviews where they had been illegally downloaded.



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