I did, and I found a few reviews I didn’t know about, which was quite gratifying, but I also found this, which was somewhat disturbing:
Evidently someone has posted a copy of my e-book to a binary newsgroup. Wow, I had no idea that binary newsgroups still existed–I though they went out with dialup.
But they do still exist, and someone posted Catskinner’s Book to one.
Upon finding this out I went through a number of emotions. First, I was angry. Somebody is stealing from me. Then I calmed down a little bit and thought about what other authors have said about being pirated means that there is a demand for your work. So I was pleased that someone cared enough about my work to post it to a newsgroup. Then I looked at the guy’s posting history and I got angry again, because this guy posts a couple of hundred times a day–way more than he can actually be reading. So he didn’t post because he read my book and wanted to share it, he probably has some ‘bot that scans Amazon for free books, downloads them, and reposts them to the binaries group.
Why would somebody be such a monumental dick? Does he think he is somehow “sticking it to the man” by pirating e-books? Did Amazon kill his family or something?
I saw that there is a form that I could fill out to request that Binsearch remove the link to the binary site from their search engine, but, honestly, why bother? At this point it is so buried in the flood of pirated books that the odds of someone coming across it by accident is minimal. Aside from a momentary daydream about having a meaningful relationship involving a pipe wrench and some duct tape with this “Psychopath” fellow, I’m going to let this slide.
I figure that if someone runs across my book and if that person downloads it and if that person actually reads it, then maybe I have gained a reader. Most likely I am just a quickly flashing part of some dickweasel’s fantasy of being a big, bad hacker.
Look, if anyone out there wants to read Catskinner’s Book and can’t afford $2.99 for the e-book, drop me a line via my contact form and I will send you a free copy. The buck or so that I make per download ain’t gonna break me. On the other hand, if you can spare the cost of a grande latte, go ahead and buy it. If you don’t like it, send me a message and I’ll gift you a comparably priced book of your choice. Fair deal?
Usually when people say “it’s not the money” it means “it is the money, but I don’t want to sound like I’m cheap”, but in this case, it honestly isn’t the money–it’s knowing that my book was taken by someone who didn’t even want it for himself, just wanted to give it away to make himself feel like less of a pathetic loser.
So, want to know if your book is one the alt.binaries.e-book forum? You can search here.