Good news if you love reading (or ‘hearing’) books. My Anonamouse, easily one of the best private torrent trackers out there for E-books and AudioBooks, is conducting a special round of interviews to recruit some FILEnetworks readers into their ranks. There is no need to panic after hearing the word ‘interview’ – you don’t need to be a l33t torrenter or power user of BitTorrent to become a member. Interviews are pretty easy and MyAN has some of the friendliest and most helpful staff in the BT community. With a massive torrent index spanning over 60000 files, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say this is one of the largest online repositories of electronic books and audio books. Not only does MyAN track content optimized for the PC, but you’ll find lots of stuff targeted at mobile platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple iOS here too.
Although My Anonamouse has had open signups from time to time, their preferred mode of recruitment has always been IRC interviews. However, being a closed community hasn’t hampered their growth at all – the site currently has over 42000 registered members, which is massive by private tracker standards. Speaking of size, MyAN does have a pretty large torrent index kept alive by this huge user base. As of 23/4/2011 it tracked over 60000 torrents, up from 32000 since July 2010 (last count was when we covered a MyAN open signup). That’s 30000 new torrents added in around 10 months Impressive stuff.
The content on My Anonamouse is what makes it such a valuable tracker. It currently indexes around 18000 audiobook torrents, 17000 EBook torrents (the actual number of books indexed is much higher because some of these torrents are packs) and another 9000 musicology torrents. There are books related to a number of different genres ranging from fiction, non fiction to crime novels and critically acclaimed bestsellers. Alongside audiobooks and electronic books MyAN tracks graphic novels, comics, magazines, newspapers, educational material as well as music related stuff such as guitar/bass tabs, sheet music, lick libraries and even concert videos. As mentioned earlier, you will find content for your mobile devices as well, not just for the PC.
Despite having a ton of torrents and high popularity, My Anoanamouse is not known as an elite tracker nor as one with arrogant staff. Their interview process is designed to help even the newest users of BitTorrent (aka noobs). To quote the words of Lazy Mouse (SysOp) from a previous article:
The invite questions we ask is to first off all educate people about how a private site works if they are totally new to it, it not, they know the ropes and will answer the questions just fine. It's not a matter of getting them right or wrong, it's about learning and trying their best :D With this system less people end up with a bad ratio, since they know what we expect of them and what they can do from the start to not end up with a warning or getting download disabled after 4-7 days.
Coming back to special IRC interviews, FILEnetworks readers now stand a chance to sign up and start using their My Anoanamouse account with a few hundred bonus points pre loaded:
Please let your readers know that between Saturday 23rd April - Saturday 21st May, they will be able to register with MyAnonamouse.net at the following page:
Once they have accessed our IRC they can identify themselves as coming from filenetworks by typing FWS - which means Friendliness, Warmth, Sharing (our site motto) - to receive a special invite that includes bonus points following a successful interview.
Step by step instructions on how you can get a free MyAnonamouse invite are given below:
- Visit the MyAnonamouse invite application located at http://www.myanonamouse.net/inviteapp.php. This page will give you a basic idea of what the site is about and the questions you’ll be asked in the interview.
- Join the MyAN IRC channel using http://www.myanonamouse.net/chat.php (if you are new to IRC, having trouble connecting or if you are trying to connect using an IRC client such as mIRC, detailed instructions can be found on this page)
- Once logged onto the IRC channel. Type FWS and press enter (this is to identify that you came through the FILEnetworks article). Wait patiently and you will be contacted by an MyAN interview team member – follow the instructions and you should get in just fine.
Special thanks to My Anonamouse staff for the offer.