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Ebook Piracy ~ Not A Bad Thing??


I don’t usually start a post with a challenge so I’ll call this a plea instead :-)

I’m going to reference two other blog posts that seem to show ebook piracy isn’t something to be overly concerned about. I’d love comments from folks who have data that might show the opposite

The first post is from Tony at eBookAnoid—Ebook Piracy Can Actually Increase Sales of Ebooks.

Here’s a snippet from his post: “…it is worth considering whether the rise of the pirate sites is actually all bad for the sales of ebooks…. And it seems that perhaps the picture is not as black and white as is generally thought. In a post on the CBC website, this is gone into at some depth, and it would appear that instead of decreasing legal sales of ebooks, the appearance of any particular ebook on a pirate website can  actually increase the legal sales of that particular ebook – in other words, the illegal copies seem to act as a sort of advertisement for the legal ones…”

He ends the post with a marvelous suggestion

The second blog post is from Joe Konrath, an author who’s become known for being a maverick at book promotion yet certainly tried the traditional route–12 years with nearly five hundred rejections for nine unpublished novels.

In his post, Steal This Ebook, after giving a rundown of the contents of the ebook he wants folks to steal and listing a number of ways to download it for free, he says: “…I encourage pirates to post this everywhere. Go ahead and proliferate the internet with JACK DANIELS STORIES. You can explain that I’m encouraging it, or you can just take it and not say a word. I’d appreciate it if you post in the comments section where you’re uploaded it, which you can do anonymously. Or you don’t have to. If anyone sees this ebook on file sharing sites, I also ask that you please post a link to it in the comments. The more places I can see this being shared, the better I can compare ebooks sold to ebooks shared.”

He has a link at the bottom to show how many free downloads happen and, as of this post, there are only 2,477. The blog post was published on May 30th

I couldn’t find a follow-up post so, if you know of one, let me know.

OK, now. Comments about why we should  be worried about ebook piracy??
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5 responses to “Ebook Piracy ~ Not A Bad Thing??

  1. cmmarcum August 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Agreed, the only thing a writer has to fear is obscurity. It is a good idea to have a way to prove that you wrote it first. I don’t know about giving people instructions on how to pirate a book–bit extreme, hey? Question: I’m wondering, what’s the ratio of books sold to books stolen? Smashwords talked about this same question on Facebook.

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai August 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t, yet, have any figures on that, C. M.

    Hoping some future comments here may cite a few :-)

    And, Absolutely, the only thing a writer must fear is Obscurity

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  3. Tony Cole August 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Hi, this is the Tony referred to above. I struggle with the problem of piracy and have not yet really come to any hard and fast conclusions about it.
    As a result of my post mentioned above I have recieved both a few comments, and rather a lot of angry emails from indie authors who have had their sales badly effected by the piracy of their ebooks, sales dropping from tens of thousands overnight to a mere handful once their ebooks have appeared on one torent or another.
    This is obviously not a happy situation for them.

    For me, in spite of anything I may have written on my blog, the jury is still out on this one…….

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  4. Alexander M Zoltai August 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Tony!!

    Thank you, so much for that “update”

    I had a feeling we’d receive some of the other side of the story but not from one of my Sources–whew!!

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