Free book publishing via .Torrent. Ever thought of that?

Book publishing via Torrent - Why not?=
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The world of book publishing has grown considerably since the advent of the Internet era. You know, I’m referring to the many new forms of publication:

  • online magazines
  • blogs
  • e-books (epub, lit, etc.)
  • HTML books
  • print-on-demand books

To those, several new publishing channels made their appearance in recent years, but I do wonder:

Why does nobody talks about .torrent distribution as a form of online publishing channel?

The question is peculiar. It would only take readers a minute on a site like BTDigg (a torrent search engine) to find books (PDF, HTML, EPUB, whatever format available) they’d like to read.

Megan Lisa Jones is an author who knows how to exploit the possibilities torrent search websites give her, and I wish more authors followed her advice. She published her novel Captive in a ‘Bittorrent Edition’ that would make other publishing channels green with envy. According to an interview for WestsideToday.com on April 26th, 2011, Megan’s book reached the goodness of 417,575 downloads. Is that a joke? I fear not. I’m quite excited by it, instead! :)

I know I have made a resolution of publishing a reduced version my own short story collections for free via torrent once I have the bundle ready. I still plan to sell copies, but I want readers on a smaller budget to enjoy them, too; at least some of them.

What’s different about .Torrent book distribution

Don’t think about pirates. For a moment, please, just focus on legal use of P2P technologies, okay?

There’s a reason WHY people go to torrent search engines to find what they love.

First, it’s easy to do a search, and to find what they’re looking for.

Second, most creative common, open-source, and free redistributable resources are shared via torrent— why not books?

It totally makes sense. Free, open-source books should be available for download via torrent, not just from websites, blogs and e-magazines. Also, it saves these parties a lot of bandwidth, which can never be bad!

I believe torrents are the future of Internet publishing and book distribution. Certainly, it will not be the ‘only’ future, but one of the many, and definitely one that puts an author in condition to reach (at least, potentially) every single human being worldwide. Regular readership would never reach such numbers. :)

So, now I ask you, my dear blog readers: what do you think?

I know some of you participated with me in last year’s (and 2010’s) NaNoWriMo, that you enjoy publishing stories online on your blogs or via PDF or through services like Goodreads.org

Do you think .torrent networks would help make the difference? :)

I’d say the whole thing is worth at least a try.

It costs nothing, you won’t lose anything, and we all have so much to gain.