Rarely in my life do I actually encounter the reality of that old saw, "What goes around, comes around." Yesterday I discussed various pirate sites that offer illegal downloads of books, movies, and other creative properties. Later I discovered that one of them was a scam site. You pay $5 to join. Then you find out there are no books or movies to download. However, for your $5 you do receive endless porno spam.
Ah, I can hear you asking, "What site is that? I sure don't want to try that one!" Well, here's where that old cliché kicks in. If you are one of the thieves that patronize such sites, you'll just have to take your chances. That's what I call justice.
However, if you're an author who needs the information, e-mail me privately and I'll give you the name of the site. firstname.lastname@example.org
Now as to the numbers quoted in yesterday's post. I still stand by them, even without that one site. After all, if you have 2500 downloads on ten different sites, that still equals 25,000 downloads. There are tons of sites, based both in the USA and overseas. I suspect that the actual losses to piracy are much higher, but some of the sites have no download numbers listed publicly.
For a long time now, I've been very puzzled by the stunning array of hits on my website from foreign countries. I know the Internet makes it a small world out there, but really--Bulgaria? Iran? Chile? I write erotic romance. And some of the countries represented are not exactly bastions for erotica or sexual freedom. Tonight I went back through my reports. I counted twenty-seven countries, including Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Egypt, and Zambia.
I'm wondering if they first heard of Anny Cook on the piracy sites? All of the hits are coming in as searching for Anny Cook or Anny Cook (+ a book title). If the hits were generating from my publisher's website, why need to run a search? So, has any other writer noticed this trend? I'd like to hear what y'all think.