Instead of “NYT Bestseller” can I put “Torrented by ALL the major pirate sites!” on the covers of my books?
— Diana Rowland (@dianarowland) January 3, 2013
Frustrated novelist Diana Rowland wrote on Twitter today: “Instead of ‘NYT Bestseller’ can I put ‘Torrented by ALL the major pirate sites!’ on the covers of my books?”
If you think book piracy is hurting your book sales, you can confront pirates online by using the tools listed in our Five Ways To Fight Book Pirates post at AppNewser.
At the same time, a few readers suggested that authors engage with pirates instead of taking legal action…
Reader MaxEd had a different strategy: “you can stop worrying about piracy. Join those sites you’ve found in step 1&2, start a polite conversation in comments, get free publicity, sell more copies, make people feel good.”
Reader P. Bradley Robb added: “I like how you leave out the part about engaging with pirates, asking them if they liked the book and using the initial experience to foster future business relationships.”