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fighting fire with fire

So I discovered this morning that my novel, Transcendence, has been ripped (presumably from its Kindle edition) and file-shared all across teh intarwebs. Most irritating, perhaps, is that the top several hits on a Google search of my name and book title show torrent and file-sharing-club sites.

Here's how I responded:

  1. What? How can this be? I can't believe someone would rip and share my book without even letting me know!

  2. How dare they! The bastards! They didn't even ask, and none of them provide link-backs to my site.

  3. Maybe if I ask the torrent sites to take down the offending posts, this will go away.

  4. *boo-hoo*

  5. Hm. I guess this just means that I have at least one torrent-hack for a fan. Any exposure is good exposure, right?

  6. I know! I'll beat them at their own game and give it away, myself. Bwahahahaha!

So! If you want to help, let people know where they can get my novel:

My publisher's website with my book:

Here's the link to Amazon:

It's also been Kindled:


Barnes & Noble:


And of course they can get it from my site, where people can download the whole thing in .pdf, .epub, or .html versions for free:

I also provide a link for people to drop me a donation if they choose:

Links to these will help alter Google's (and other search engines') algorithyms such that the torrent sites fall off. I'd appreciate your help!



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Nov. 17th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Linked from the front page of http://www.prodigal.ca.
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
wow. after being in print for 2 seconds, somebody already torrented it? that sucks. i bought mine from your publisher. :)
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
I know! And thank you - I hope you enjoy.
(no title) - geekmom - Nov. 17th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - mckitterick - Nov. 17th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - heldc - Nov. 18th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC) - Expand
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Nov. 17th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! Fixed. That's what I get for posting and running to eat dinner before double-checking everything....
(no title) - clevermanka - Nov. 17th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I google altered my name and book yesterday because of what happened to you. So far, so good.
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I'll keep y'all informed on how this "giving it away" strategy works, too....
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
You are one of the classiest Gentlemen I have ever almost gotten to know...~warm smile~

(I don't believe we have ever had a conversation-conversation, but have been in each others circles for YEARS. Isn't that peculiar?)
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Yeah, how does that happen, exactly? Life is interesting.
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I suggest we actually seek out those torrents and post links to your download page, just as a hearty "frakk you."

And you know, other artists (Harry Turtledove, Trent Reznor, and Radiohead, just to name a few) have taken a similar approach to yours only to see it actually boost their sales. Like the Dead used to encourage people to bootleg their live shows.

That's not in defense of piracy, by the way--No one except the artist or an authorized representative should get to decide whether something is free or not.
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
(By the way, I say this as a former "casual pirate" whose conscience caught up with him.)
(no title) - mckitterick - Nov. 17th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)

Did you google your book with the word "download"?

And did you check the torrent links to be sure that it was to your book?

A lot of google links to, for example, Facebook, MySpace, Classmates, torrents, song lyrics, etc, go to the download site, but the particular item isn't actually there.

All the same, glad you posted all the options, will spread the magic for you. :)
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm not going to expose my computer to whatever's getting offered as a download....

Also, at least two of the original torrent sites have said they've taken down the offending file, but I expect it'll keep cropping up like bamboo in rich soil.

(no title) - silverfae - Nov. 17th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - mckitterick - Nov. 18th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
"Hm. I guess this just means that I have at least one torrent-hack for a fan. Any exposure is good exposure, right?"

Fans like that, you would be much better off without.
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean - if only this person had ASKED if it was cool to share it, I would have put up the download on my site and told him/her to share that link.

Dunno why people don't just ASK.
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Nov. 17th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you - and hey, I might end up with a few new fans out of the bargain!
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(no title) - mckitterick - Nov. 18th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) - Expand
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Nov. 18th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
A bit late...
...but I've made sure we have your novel listed at the Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase.
Nov. 18th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: A bit late...
Thank you! It'll be interesting to see how giving it away affects overall sales for a new novelist....
Nov. 18th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of you, but thanks to this post getting mentioned I will at least check out the excerpt. If I like it I will be looking to buy a non DRM ePub version so I can read it on my phone. Failing that I will consider the kindle version but I don't like the attempted lock in.

PDF is pretty much an automatic eww, it keeps the appearance of dead tree but is even less convienient to read.

Good luck on your experiment and fighting back. The real enemy isn't pirates its obscurity. It is impossible to monetize lack of fame.
Nov. 18th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
There we go: Proof that it works! *g*

I'm working on getting other ebook formats up there, but I had the .pdf in hand. Soon: epub, then more!
Nov. 19th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Hi. Your book seems interesting, and I like supporting Creative Commons artists. Donation submitted for full retail price.
Nov. 19th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy!
Nov. 19th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
You seem interesting. Thank you for sharing your book. I will look for it when I next go bookshopping.
Nov. 19th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
Awesome, thanks!
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