The inimitable Chuck Wendig shares his opinion on the topics of piracy, Patreon and direct donations to authors. An anonymous commenter sent him a list of reasons why s/he downloads digital books without paying for them, and Chuck responds to all the points. I won't list all the reasons here (click through to Chuck's blog to read them), but Chuck's response to 'just add a donation button' is basically 'Nope', and he explains why:
If you want to help pay for this site, or put food in my kid’s mouth, or continue to support my flailing word-herdery in some fashion? You can. Right now.
You can buy my books.
Can't really argue with that.
Read the whole article here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/04/02/on-piracy-patreon-and-why-i-probably-wont-put-out-a-tip-jar/