So, Did Tim Ferriss’s BitTorrent Book Gamble Work?

first_imgjohn paul titlow 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout It’s been five months since Timothy Ferriss launched his bold experiment in modern publishing. The best-selling author bypassed the “big six” publishers, signed with Amazon and, as if that weren’t unconventional enough, partnered with BitTorrent to help promote his new book, The 4-Hour Chef. The whole thing seemed almost designed to generate press, which it did. But now for the important part: Did the experiment work?It sure looks that way. Despite being boycotted by Barnes and Noble and other bricks and mortar retailers, Ferriss’s book has sold over 250,000 copies and landed on all the major bestseller lists. Of course, Ferriss is a well-known and established author, which helps. So does signing with Amazon, which is powerful enough to send the U.S.’s biggest brick-and-mortar book retailer into a book-banning fury. But as mighty as Amazon is, being banned from big-box retailers is a serious handicap. To compensate, Ferriss had to forge some unexpected partnerships, such as with smaller retailers and Panera Bread, the sandwich shop chain. He also teamed up with BitTorrent, through which he published a 680-megabyte bundle of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes videos, a sample chapter and author notes. Can BitTorrent Actually Drive Sales? “To be honest, I was initially skeptical about how many sales would result from BitTorrent,” says Ferriss.  “After all, that’s where people go to get stuff for free, right?”Indeed, most people associate the P2P filesharing protocol with pirating movies, music, software and yes, books. BitTorrent, Inc has been busy trying to shed that reputation, in part by partnering with well-known content creators like Ferriss, even if they’re somewhat nervous about the idea. “It turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong,” he says. “The click-through rates from BitTorrent to Amazon were higher than anything I’ve ever seen through paid advertising.  Orders of magnitude higher.”More than 880,000 people have clicked through to The 4-Hour Chef‘s Amazon landing page. Amazon doesn’t offer its authors conversion metrics, so it’s hard to say how many of those people actually purchased the book. But it’s an impressive amount of exposure. BitTorrent also sent nearly 300,000 people to the book’s video trailer on YouTube and over 327,000 to Ferriss’ website. Not bad. The Piracy Question But there’s an elephant in the room: piracy. Just as easily as they can grab Ferriss’ 4-Hour Chef promotional bundle on BitTorrent, users can find pirated copies of all three of his books. “If someone is willing to spend time finding a legit bootleg source and reading a DRM-broken hard-to-read copy of my book on a computer screen not intended for reading, just to avoid spending $12 or so, they weren’t ever my core audience to begin with,” Ferriss says. “If I get them, it’s nothing but bonus points.”So, the Amazon/BitTorrent publishing hack seems to be working, for Ferriss at least. There are lessons to be learned here, but with the usual dose of caution. In the same way that Radiohead didn’t single-handedly make “pay what you want” a viable model for all musicians, Ferriss’s example is going to be of limited value to new authors. Still, it demonstrates the potential of today’s platforms and protocols when it comes to one-upping long-entrenched players and leveling the playing field a bit. We all can’t be Tim Ferriss, just like we all can’t be Justin Timberlake. But just as the Internet has opened a new potential path to success for YouTube pop singers, platforms like Amazon and BitTorrent could be where tomorrow’s authors find their audiences.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#BitTorrent#books#digital publishing#ebooks last_img read more

Astros beat Yankees, reach World Series

first_imgAPHOUSTON — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow, manager A.J. Hinch’s club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

WATCH: ’Emotional’ Hayward recalls how his family felt after horrific injury

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Most basketball fans still have the sight of Gordon Hayward’s gruesome leg injury etched in their minds, but luckily the former Butler star is now on his long path to recovery.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Hayward, in blog post, expresses thanks for support Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MVP asks for support as Gilas wages war in 2019 World Cup qualifiers Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The freak incident took place during the 2017-2018 NBA season opening night, which just happened to be Hayward’s first game as a member of the Boston Celtics.In his first appearance to the media after the successful surgery, the 27-year-old forward wore his heart on his sleeve and detailed the incident in an emotional interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAround the 3:35 mark of the clip, Hayward detailed his family’s reaction to the accident—particularly his parents—who were inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland when it happened.“As a parent, you don’t want your child to go through that,” a teary-eyed Hayward said. “And as a parent myself, it’s like thinking I would rather take their pain. And this is where it makes me emotional because … I wouldn’t want (my daughters) Bernie or Charlie to go through that.”The one-time All-Star also recalled how heartbroken he was to see his mom in tears.“I remember seeing my mom, and she’s crying. Like that’s just tough. It’s tough to see your parents cry too, because then it makes you emotional.”Hayward is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-2018 NBA campaign, but has vowed to remain involved with the Celtics this season. /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

9 days agoBrewster patient with Liverpool future: Klopp has a plan

first_imgBrewster patient with Liverpool future: Klopp has a planby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRhian Brewster has faith in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.The 19-year-old whizkid made his first and only appearance for the Reds in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons last month.But Brewster believes Klopp has a plan for his career.”You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly.”Just chatting to him and stuff, he says, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen,’ and I’m just waiting. I’m being patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lakota block trucks carrying Keystone XL equipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is spreading, even as attempts are being made to restart the project.Now, the fight has moved to South Dakota, that’s where the Lakota blocked truckers from passing through their tribal lands.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Ohio State leaves Happy Valley with victory

In a successful homecoming for Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) avenged last season’s 13-6 loss to Penn State, leaving Happy Valley with a 24-7 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Brandon Saine’s six-yard touchdown reception with 9:37 remaining put the Buckeyes up by the final margin, as the whiteout crowd — the fourth largest in the stadium’s history — filed for the exits.Pryor, a native of Jeannette, Pa., had a hand in all three OSU touchdowns.“Terrelle Pryor came in here and did a heck of a job,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He was a little bit banged up, but he gutted it out and did what he had to do.”Receiver Ray Small returned a punt 41 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 9-yard line, setting the table for the Buckeyes’ first score, a seven-yard rush by Pryor.“I always go out there and do my part, and coach [Tressel] always preaches special teams,” Small said. “So every time I’m back there, I’m thinking big. The first drive, I sparked it, and it just got me going from there.”Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark spent the evening under pressure from the OSU defensive line. Junior Cameron Heyward led the Buckeye charge with 11 tackles, including three for loss and a pair of sacks. In all, OSU held Penn State to just 201 total yards.“It seemed like every time I looked around, Cam [Heyward] was back there bull-rushing over a guy, using brute strength,” senior linebacker Austin Spitler said. “It was unbelievable to see these guys. We have a great defensive line, and everybody’s aware of that. They played lights out.”The lone Penn State score came early in the second quarter. Clark punched it in from less than a yard out to tie the game 7-7.The Bucks answered with a 10-play drive, culminating in a 37-yard field goal by 26-year-old walk-on kicker Devin Barclay, who replaced starter Aaron Pettrey, out for the regular season with a knee injury.“Devin’s been good all year,” Tressel said. “He’s been good when called upon in games. He’s a veteran.”OSU had one final chance to tack on a score in the first half, but Pryor overthrew a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher near the end zone, and the Buckeyes settled for a 10-7 lead at the break.“No one is harder on themselves than [Pryor],” Tressel said. “The fact that he had a chance to hit a home run and didn’t, you know that was eating at him.”Pryor got his opportunity to atone for the overthrow.With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Pryor connected with sophomore DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown strike, nudging the OSU lead to 10.“We had been running a lot on first downs,” Tressel said. “We felt like, if we had decent field position, that it was time to try to strike.We were out near the 40, and we felt like we could get behind them.” Penn State never got in an offensive rhythm, especially in the second half, when held scoreless. Clark completed just 12 of 28 passes, and the Nittany Lions’ rushing attack averaged just 2.5 yards per carry.“Going up against a great offense like that, you don’t expect to hold them to such few yards and such few points,” Spitler said. “We always talk about how we want to outplay their defense if we want to win the game. Obviously, we did that tonight.”With the victory — and Iowa’s first loss of the season, 17-10 to Northwestern — the Buckeyes control their own destiny in the quest for a Big Ten championship. OSU hosts Iowa Saturday, and with a Buckeye victory, both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions would have two conference losses to OSU’s one, guaranteeing OSU at least a share of a Big Ten title.“November is for contenders,” Tressel said. “That’s why it’s hard to get too ecstatic now, because we know the Hawkeyes are coming to town.”Oh read more

Ranieri warning for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool must be cautious against a Roma side that are capable of defeating the likes of Barcelona in the Champions League, warns Claudio RanieriJurgen Klopp’s side will be hosting the Giallorossi at Anfield for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Champions League with both clubs aiming for a place in the final of the competition at Kiev against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.Liverpool impressed many pundits with their convincing 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition, while Roma left the football world stunned with their shocking comeback win against Barcelona secured them their first semi-final appearance in the Champions League since the 1983/84 season.Ranieri, who is renown for guiding Leicester City to a shock Premier League title victory in 2016, told Gazzetta dello Sport that he believes that Roma will prove themselves to be a difficult challenge for Liverpool.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“As a manager I never think I can face defeat before I play. [Eusebio] Di Francesco [the current Roma manager] will study Liverpool.” said Ranieri, according to The Sport Review.“They are not beaten yet, the Roma side that we admired against Barcelona can make it.“The Reds are spectacular but away from home they aren’t always solid.”last_img read more

Hazard Belgiums Golden Generation will win silverware unlike Englands

first_imgBelgium captain Eden Hazard is confident that his side’s “Golden Generation” will fulfil their promised potential unlike that of England’s who failed to deliver on the big stageBelgium enters the World Cup this summer as one of the dark horses to overcome the likes of Germany, Brazil and Spain to claim glory in world football’s biggest stage.Hazard, along with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, is confident that he is part of a new “Golden Generation” and is certain that Belgium can do what England’s previous stars failed to do this summer.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.In the 2000’s, England had the likes of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard at the peak of their abilities and yet they disappointed by only reaching the quarter-finals in three major tournaments.“The golden generation you had in England, 10 years or 15 years ago, won nothing. Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just want to win something. We have a golden generation,” said Hazard, according to FirstPost.Hazard and Belgium will begin their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18, before facing England in their third and final Group G game on June 28.last_img read more

Robertson praises David Bates ahead of debut

first_imgScotland’s Andrew Robertson has heaped praises on David Bates ahead of his international debut with the team.The Hamburg defender is set to win his first cap in the heart of the Scotland defence, thanks to a large number of withdrawals from the team.Robertson has been impressed by the former Rangers Football Club defender, saying:“You don’t quite know how it will go on your debut but I think David can stand up and be counted,” he said according to Dail Mail.“He’s been really good in training. I remember watching him at Rangers and he’s come on a lot since he made the move to Hamburg.”“It’s up to the manager if he starts or not but, if he does, the more experienced lads will help him out and be positive.”Scotland’s Robertson hopes for a positive result against Belgium Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 Scotland was defeated at home 2-1 by Russia in yesterday’s 2020 European Championship qualifiers, and the team is almost out of the race for a spot at the Euros.“Yes, it will be an inexperienced 11 due to circumstances, but I have confidence in the lads.”“Callum Paterson’s been doing well in the Premier League with Cardiff City and Ryan Fraser has the most assists in that league (with Bournemouth). The Celtic boys are all coming into international duty on a high.”“It can be hard to bring your own individual form from a club into a new team at international level but that’s what we’re aiming to do. Hopefull,y we can get the right result.”Meanwhile, Robertson admits the withdrawals have impacted Scotland’s preparation for UEFA Nations League games against Albania and Israel.“Of course it’s been a bit disruptive but we always plan with different team set-ups, and people are 100 per cent concentrated on what they are doing. These things happen and people will need to step up.”“We have to think that people will react well in adversity. I’m sure that will happen in Albania.”last_img read more

Why Brownridge Stepped Aside

first_imgYesterday, Kent Brownridge—the former Wenner Media executive who, along with Quadrangle Partners, formed Alpha Media last year after acquiring Dennis Publishing’s U.S. assets (Maxim, Stuff and Blender, though not The Week) for $240 million—announced he was stepping down as CEO. The company named a pair of co-CEOs to take his place, with Brownridge retaining the title of chairman.This was a curious move, because Brownridge, a notorious workaholic, became known for his hands-on management style at Wenner Media, where he spent 21 years as Jann Wenner’s consigliore. And despite the curious timing—both Blender and Maxim, like most consumer titles, have struggled to sell ads in 2008—it appears that Brownridge’s departure is truly a case of a 68-year-old publishing executive wanting to spend more time away from the office, cut the 100-hour workweeks in half and, perhaps for the first time in his career, take a “summer Friday” or two.“I have a new wife who’s not liking this very much. And while my health is very good, I want it to stay that way,” Brownridge told Portfolio. “I plan to get home at six instead of 10. Also, we have summer Fridays here, so I might even do that.” Brownridge sounded more confident that he would, in fact, take them when he spoke to WWD: “I’m going to take summer Fridays, not go into the office every day, and I’m not going to stay past 5 p.m.” He admitted that his post-Wenner “retirement” didn’t work, which is why he plans to be an “active” chairman while spending less time fielding a “steady flow of e-mails at all hours to [his] BlackBerry.” The sources I spoke with yesterday seemed to buy Brownridge’s version, and refuted the notion that there was pressure from Quadrangle to move Brownridge out, although that’s always a possibility.For now, though, he can rest his BlackBerry thumb, and take that summer Friday.last_img read more