The vast majority of my readers buy my books. I am more than grateful for this because it enables me to concentrate on writing full time and when I can do that, I can produce even more of the kind of books you love to read.
I've been aware of people supplying my books for pirating for a long time now and, to be frank, it's a pain in the neck. It's difficult to keep up with where pirated copies spring up online, how they are advertised to both unsuspecting and willing readers, and it's a waste of the time I could use for writing or engaging with readers to send takedown notices and copyright infringement notices to the sites who upload my books and advertise them for free.
You might think, what does it matter? It's only a few dollars not paid, or those dollars would never reach me because if that downloader is willing to read one of my books for free, that pirating-participating reader wouldn't be willing to pay anyway. But it does matter because I don't write for free. I write for my job (a dream job that I am lucky to have, and the harder I work, the luckier I get) and I support my family with it.
I try my utmost to make sure that my books are affordable for readers. The majority are priced at $2.99 or $3.99. I could charge more but I choose not to because I want them to be affordable. Two of my books are currently free (Armed and Fabulous and Illicit Magic) at all major retailers. I run price promotions and participate in retailer deals on Amazon, Kobo, B&N and iBooks when I can to offer prices even lower. My ebooks can be borrowed from libraries too who are able to buy in copies at a very low cost. Reading is wonderful thing; it shouldn't come at an unaffordable cost.
In addition to keeping my prices low, I also participate in the Kindle Matchbook program. If a reader purchases my paperback, they get that same book as an ebook for free. Again, I could charge for the ebook but I choose not to because I don't believe a reader should pay twice for the same thing. I also make sure my books are DRM free. DRM is Digital Rights Management and provides protection for my copyright digital files and restricts the use of them. I believe once you have bought a book, you should be able to read it on whatever device you please and not be prevented from doing that. I might have to change my mind on my stance regarding DRM as it does make it easier to pirate my books, but I'd rather not. Unfortunately whenever something good is done to benefit others, someone will always take advantage.
There's no point in me saying if you are uploading my book for others to pirate/download for free, please stop, because you're probably not reading this.
All I can ask is if you do see any of my books offered for piracy, don't download it, don't support it, and please report it.