Recently, a company called LendInk came to my attention. Several of my writer groups posted comments, most of them calling this a pirate site. Hackles were raised, a mob was formed. As authors, we hate book pirates, and spend way too much of our precious time looking for them and sending take-down notices. With this site, enough people got pissed off, vocalized their ire, and the site is now down.
LendInk, however, was maybe, not quite, a pirate site. It was a book loaning service.
Once I saw my books on the site, I was concerned, but did nothing immediately. I wanted more information, and didn't have the time to do research. Like many authors, I wasn't sure exactly what to make of LendInk. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and libraries loan books, so what's the big deal with this site doing the same thing?
Now, even after reading several articles about the whole debacle, I'm still confused as to what precisely LendInk did with my books. The two pieces below nicely sum up this incident, with a slant towards admonishing folks not to go off the deep end and let mob mentality take over.
As I said before, writers don't like pirates. Perhaps we can be forgiven for reacting with such passion. Our books are the way we make a living, and when it appears someone is stealing from us, we tend to get emotional.
Here is what you'll find if you go to the website now. It will be interesting to see what, if anything becomes of LendInk.
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