What do sex, photography, and home repair have in common?

They’re the subjects of 2009’s most-often downloaded books from pirate sites.

10 most pirated books of 2009:

1. Kama Sutra
2. Photoshop Secrets
3. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex
4. The Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
5. Solar House: A Guide for the Solar Designer
6. Before Pornography: Erotic Writing In Early Modern England
7. Twilight: Complete Series
8. How To Get Anyone To Say YES: The Science Of Influence
9. Nude Photography: The Art And The Craft
10. Fix It: How To Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around The Home

Hmm. I’m getting a more complete picture of the average downloader. They’re sex-obsessed photographers who need help with their little home repair projects.

And over at the blogsite “Alien Romances”, there’s a thought-provoking blogpost about the demographics of e-book thieves, and why this is particularly bad news for science fiction writers. No surprise, the downloaders tend to skew young and male.

7 replies
  1. therese
    therese says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if young males had been taught to change a doorknob instead of being totally engrossed with breaking codes, if they would need less instruction on sex as well.

  2. lstintranslashun
    lstintranslashun says:

    ROFL! I think they’d still want to know about sex, if only for titillation. Not necessarily application.

  3. Ginger
    Ginger says:

    Good quip on your part Tess, but sounds more like pirates rather than photographers.
    Oops! Have I touched a raw nerve here?

    Best wishes – Gordon

  4. Tess
    Tess says:

    Or maybe I should have re-phrased it to say the pirates can be characterized as:

    “Photography-obsessed home repairmen who are having problems with their sex lives.”

  5. WJS
    WJS says:

    Sounds like more and more people are touching in the water of their taboos and becoming more comfortable. Basically, the taboos are being shattered and merged into the society as a normal thing.

    -WJS

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