I know of many authors, however, who have. Their reactions tend to be similar, and range from outrage to utter contempt of those individuals who stole their work. Many have taken valuable time away from their writing to stop websites from posting their books online.
Author Neil Gaiman, winner of 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award, and 1 Mythopoeic, (whew! what an amazing list) has also been pirated and he admits to being "grumpy" about it.
In the beginning, that is.
Now that he's had time to analyze the stats, he believes piracy has helped his book sales.
He points out that in countries where his books were pirated, sales of his next release soared. With this in mind, he encouraged his publisher to offer one of his books free on their website for one month. What they discovered was sales of his books skyrocked 300% at independent bookstores. Proof Gaiman believes that an author is not loosing sales by having their work "floating out there".
He points out that many readers find their favorite authors by borrowing a book from a friend. The same holds true, he says, for book piracy on the web. It's a high tech version of word of mouth advertising.
Watch the video. Then leave a comment. I'm very interested in what both readers and writers have to say on this subject.