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Piracy Helped Increase Book Sales

Piracy Helped Increase Book Sales

Added: Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The news was in the start of this year that the book piracy racketed with the introduction of the Apple’s iPad. Now both publishers and authors are afraid that this will lead to drop in their revenues, but at the same time there are many signs that the opposite can happen. A few days ago, Steve Lieber, a comic book writer, mentioned that the sales of his books boosted after illegal scans were shared online. In fact, he is not alone with this point of view.

The introduction of the iPad caused the definite breakthrough for digital books, leading to mixed feelings among copyright owners. Of course, digital distribution of the books makes them more accessible to the readers, but at the same time the pirated copies would be shared more easily as well.

Comparing their industry with the record labels, the publishers are afraid of the worst. Nevertheless, their fears are not that justified. The main question is whether the eBook piracy a threat for the book industry or an opportunity.

When Steve Lieber shared his views on book piracy, he proved that the piracy has benefits as well. The author mentioned that illegal copies of one of his graphic novels were posted online, but this, surprisingly, led to his sales skyrocketing. He even shared fancy graphics proving that the book piracy caused an impressive flood of new customers.

Of course, it’s naive to believe that this single example would prove that the piracy won’t harm the book industry, or that it would cause boost sales for every book. Still, it shows that if the book is noticed online, it can do wonders for some, even through piracy. Besides, it’s not the only advantage, as the availability of pirated copies can both help authors who have yet to gain an audience and famous writers to do wonders for book sales.

For example, bestselling writer Paulo Coelho has already confirmed that giving away free copies of his books really boosted sales to quite an extent. The writer announced that such “piracy” has caused millions of extra sales within the last years. Paulo Coelho, a strong supporter of the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay, as well as an avid BitTorrent user, has given advice to many of his colleagues to share their books too, calling people who doesn’t share not just selfish, but also bitter and alone, and risking missing out on some extra revenue.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

October 28th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-10-29 01:06:13)
kingtiger01 avatarAgain more proof...

posted by (2010-10-29 11:57:50)
zarathusa88 avatarand they are right..i remeber last year i downloaded a pdf version of a pirated book but the rip was so badly made...i loved that book and ended up buying 4 copies..one for myself and other 3 as a gift for my gf and friends...thing is....i would have never discovered that book if it wasnt for the pirated version that i downloaded just cuz i was bored

posted by (2010-10-30 05:02:05)
twogurusindrag avatarWith the amount of crap that's shilled out from the entire entertainment industry (most of it non-refundable at your local retail outlet) there's almost nothing you can buy without previewing it. Artists that consistently release worthwhile work aren't complaining about piracy because their stuff is bought and paid for.

posted by (2010-10-30 05:27:55)
jezuitx avatarCan we please quit this myth that piracy stimulates markets? It's like saying if I go out and steal a Toyota Carola, tell all my friends that Toyota Carolas are awesome cars, and maybe even buy my mom a Toyota Carola with the money I saved by stealing mine the fact remains that I still stole a Toyota Carola.

The main thrust of this myth is that after the person that steals it sees/reads/watches the item they then spread positive word of mouth. I submit that if a quarter of the people who steal stuff online bought stuff legitimately it would be equally if not more beneficial to the producer of said material. I submit to you that CD stores and video stores didn't suddenly get more profitable as piracy increased.

posted by (2010-10-30 22:36:30)
zarathusa88 avatarpiracy doesnt stimulate market...piracy stimulates quality....jezuitx...if u steal a toyota corola and u see it sucks as a car...if someone u know will wana buy one u will tell them to stop cuz it sucks a s a car...but if u steal a corola and like the way it drives....ur probably recomend ur friend that is geting a new car to buy a corola....the thing since the increasing number of pirated things on the net is that the consumer developed higher standards and wont give his money on crap anymore

posted by (2010-10-31 05:38:40)
Brynn217 avatarExactly.... I do donate money when requested for software, ebooks or other things that I download if they are worth the buy in the first place... (and they tell me where to send said money)... This was the idea behind shareware in the 80's, anyone remember Touchterm for the Commodore 64... It was THE most widely used terminal program at the time.. (in today's term we might say Brower)... I was one of the 3 writter of that software, Taylor Mcconohaay (umm don't remember how to spell it right after 25 years).... He put his address for donations in an obsure section of the software... and ended up getting a couple of thousand from people in 1987, we were teenagers and THAT was ALOT of money for us...

But thats exactly the problem with Piracy, Something good will float, CRAP will sink... its all in the word of mouth and Hollywood, Music, and Books want to be able to control how much people see before WE get a chance to figure out if its CRAP or NOT... Once word gets out that something is CRAP, their profits are gone... Now, how much more Piracy affects this will never be measured... The internet provides way too many ways for all of us to compare notes... They show a Screener for a new film (like I will be going to see DUE DATE on Monday night) i will post on Facebook and here how good it was.... No Piracy involved, but I have already affected their sales one way or the other.... In this case, the Screeners have a limited audience, hell I might be one of maybe 100 who get the see it legally early... So if it sucks, the damage before opening day isn't too bad... But if i film it with my Droid Phone and post the CAM here for all to see and it sucks, that would be much worse for them...

Just means that need to stop putting out CRAP or they will be gone... Because WE are not going away....

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