Monday, June 27, 2011

"zero sight by b. justin shier torrent download"

It's finally happened. People are stealing copies of Zero Sight!

Check my pants! I think they're in my pants!
I made this discovery while working on the back end of this website. I was checking out what search criteria was driving traffic, when I noticed that the following keywords were becoming rather popular:


My conclusion?

Dieter and Rei are getting kinda popular.

People are going through all the trouble of running a search, wading through the dozens of Eastern Block torrent websites, dodging the five or so pop-up windows, downloading an unknown and perhaps dangerous file, and then blindly opening it to see what's inside.

Sounds annoying. Sounds time consuming. So why are people doing it?

So that they can read my silly novel, of course.

Sure, I find it strange that anyone wouldn't rather pay three measly dollars (that's even less than the price of a gallon of Tuscan Brand Whole Milk), but I'll take my compliments where I can get them. People stealing your $%@ generally suggests that your #$%^ is worth stealing. So this development, in a sense, is a good thing.

As Omar Little used to say, "It's all in the game, yo. It's all in the game."

Just don't let Rei catch you. She likes to play games, too ^,..,^

B.

52 comments:

Z. D. Robinson said...

I understand your point about going through the trouble of downloading something that you can buy so cheap. I mean, it's not like your Adobe with an overpriced photo-manipulation suite!

On the other hand, I am someone who intentionally distributed my book on torrent sites...for free. Sure, they can buy the book on Lulu or Amazon (just added) for $2.99. But in my opinion? Who cares! Readers are readers! And so far, two thousand people have downloaded (and hopefully enjoyed) my work. Viva le technology!

B. Justin Shier said...

The debate over the free hype that torrent sights deliver is thick on opinions but thin on actual data. I agree that there is a strong possibility that the word of mouth generated by free torrent downloads will help spread the word about your words and help promote your book. But all readers may not be equal. Perhaps a reader that purchase your work is more inclined to spread the word. Perhaps not. We need more data on the market to get a better idea.

B.

Greg said...

I love that you reference Omar. This might be one of the last blogs I would expect to see that on!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure at least some of the many people(about 200 in the past 24 hours on one private torrent site) who illegally acquired your book now feel bad about it after realizing how awesome your book is, how your against DRM, how your an indie author, and how very little your charging for the book.
A paypal donate button might help ease their guilty consciences.

B. Justin Shier said...

It's never too late to purchase the book.

It's never too late to spread the word.

: )

B.

CC said...

Ah, but some of us don't have credit cards or pay-pal accounts. Nor parents that speak English or know how to order books.

That being said, I don't know how to torrent either, so whatever, hahah. Good luck on your writing! (:

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