tumblr-blog v. Maggie Stiefvater vom 30.10.2017
Die US-Bestsellerautorin Maggie Stiefvater hat in einem Selbstversuch zum Verkaufsstart ihres 4. Buches der Reihe „The Raven Circle“ eine große Anzahl gekürzter eBooks ihres Werkes auf einschlägigen Piraterieportalen in Umlauf bringen lassen. Die vermeintlichen Piraterieangebote hatten den Anschein erweckt, das vollständige Werk zu beinhalten. Das Experiment sollte die Auswirkungen der eBook-Piraterie auf die Verkaufszahlen ihrer Werke verdeutlichen:
„I was intent on proving that piracy had affected the Raven Cycle, and so I began to work with one of my brothers on a plan. It was impossible to take down every illegal pdf; I’d already seen that. So we were going to do the opposite. We created a pdf of the Raven King. It was the same length as the real book, but it was just the first four chapters over and over again. At the end, my brother wrote a small note about the ways piracy hurt your favorite books.
The effects were instant. The forums and sites exploded with bewildered activity. Fans asked if anyone had managed to find a link to a legit pdf. Dozens of posts appeared saying that since they hadn’t been able to find a pdf, they’d been forced to hit up Amazon and buy the book.
And we sold out of the first printing in two days.