2010-01-07

Is being pirated sign of success?

I don't know (and I don't think so) but for sure it's less money in my pocket :)

Anyhow, just the other day I found my book was available for "free download" in a post on a rapidshare forum.

I don't bother too much, it just a strange feeling...

8 comments:

Joe said...

Not necessarily. It could be the reverse.

You aren't harmed financially if someone who would never consider buying your book gets it as a free download. You are hurt if someone who would otherwise pay gets a free copy, but if "piracy" gets the book more widely known, so more people hear about it, this might increase sales.

Sandro Tosi said...

@Joe: yes, I know: it's the same reasoning used for mp3 downloads :) We'll see if it helped or now.

Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer said...

I loved the last link :)

Martin said...

You should read some of the intros to Cory Doctorow's books to understand why this is a good thing.

Ana Guerrero said...

All the news books get in download pages, it does not matter whether the book is good or not :)

sharp said...

Just because somebody downloaded your book for free does not mean that "for sure it's less money in your pocket."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/aug/18/free-ebooks-cory-doctorow

mirabilos said...

FWIW, your blog RSS (and thus Plänet Debian) has code like the following in it (replaced angle-brackets):

〈div class="blogger-post-footer"〉〈img src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/462006525194985726-7884088453638674494?l=sandrotosi.blogspot.com" alt="" height="1" width="1" /〉〈/div〉

This is… bad, from a privacy standpoint especially. Got this warning due to Konqueror’s broken SSL implementation, actually…

Sandro Tosi said...

@mirabilos: would you care to explain why you think this is "bad"?

also, do you really think this is something up for a comment in a random blog post instead of an email directly to me?