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Thank You for Buying My Books from My Personal Book Shop

Dear Readers,


Those who order my individual ebooks directly do so at a discounted price: in most cases, $3.49 versus 4.99 or $5.99 in the online bookstores, which take anywhere from thirty to thirty-five percent of each digital book sold.


In essence, I’ve cut out the “middle man” and given you the difference.


(Even the online prices for my novels at, say, five dollars, cost less than a fancy coffee at Starbucks—and, hopefully, give you so many more hours of enjoyment.)


I greatly appreciate it when readers spread the word of their enthusiasm for my novels. However, a few have uploaded them on piracy websites, which offer the books as free downloads when you subscribe to their websites.


In other words, the pirate is stealing from me: a sad reality in this day and age.


The best protection an author or publisher has against piracy is to attach “DRM” (digital rights protection). In my case, on certain pages, each digital book sold from my website is watermarked with their unique purchaser I.D. That way, if one of my novels is uploaded to a pirate site, I can trace the source.


In fact, large online book sellers (Amazon, BN, Apple, Kobo, Google) also offer publishers and authors DRM protection. However, these sellers don’t also share with us the purchaser IDs relevant to tracing the pirating sources, let alone police those sites, which makes it difficult for us to learn how our ebooks got there.


Thanks for shopping here with me. I appreciate your enthusiasm for my characters and hope you want to protect them too.


— Josie

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