As a blogger, this whole situation made my heart hurt. And honestly? It made me angry. Even though I'm still new to the blogging world, I take my blog and what I do here very seriously. I love this blog and everything about it. I'm so pissed off that two criminals (and yes, that's what they are) could make honest bloggers who have worked so hard on their blogs look bad. My relationships with a lot of authors that I've met through blogging mean the world to me. I respect them all immensely. I hate that this situation could affect those relationships.
What confuses me the most is how they got away with this for so long. The way that they got the books is very simple. There's the ever present torrent and file sharing websites. But I suspect that a lot of the books they got were through blog tours. Whenever I sign up for a blog tour and receive an eARC, I download the file, send it to my Kindle, and delete it immediately after. This is definitely going to make authors more weary of participating in blog tours. I've discovered so many great books through tours I've hosted and tours on other blogs. I truly hope I'm wrong about that part.
I've only been asked once by a publisher to forward an eARC copy to a winner and it made me extremely uncomfortable. So, I do think it's worth noting that sometimes publishers or authors sometimes ask bloggers to distribute prizes. I'd still be weary, though. That being said, I'm going to refuse to do this any more. How do you handle giveaways on your blog? What are your thoughts on the situation?