BitTorrent Releases First Novel: “Captive”

Megan Lisa Jones releases thriller novel direct to BitTorrent’s community of over 100 million users; trailblazing new model in online book distribution

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (March 31, 2011); BitTorrent Inc., a leading innovator creating advanced technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet, today announced the availability to its community of a new novel, Captive, by author Megan Lisa Jones.

The BitTorrent release consists of a free Captive app, which includes the full downloadable novel, in both .pdf and .epub formats, plus a video introduction providing an overview of the author, story line and writing process. Captive will also be promoted to users during installation of the popular BitTorrent Mainline and BitTorrent software and on banners on and

Captive is a classic psychological thriller, with a timely storyline of political intrigue amidst terrorism and captivity. The novel follows the interaction between a terrorist and his interrogator. Littered throughout the tightly wrought storyline are flashes of violent or risqué interactions, as the characters are challenged to overcome the consequences of past decisions and their own weaknesses. Religions don't kill; people kill.

Captive is BitTorrent's first book release and addresses rapidly growing demand for quality books within the BitTorrent community. This book release also comes on the tail of numerous successful music, film, and episodic content releases driven by BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight program.

"The message belongs to the street, not the elite," said Jones. "I'm very excited to be partnering with BitTorrent to reach an audience that's both active and engaged with content creators and publishers. Hopefully we can demonstrate a new media model that benefits all."

"Proliferation of tablets, smart phones and e-book readers is dramatically increasing demand for quality content. This includes books in addition to music, film and TV," said Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent. "We're very pleased to be working with Ms. Jones to explore this medium. Our joint efforts will provide an enjoyable book to over 100 million users around the world. Plus the results of our ongoing Artist Spotlight pilot program are providing valuable insight into new – and viable – media distribution models."

The promotion will last for two weeks and active feedback from readers (and users) is encouraged. "This is the new model for media, focusing on the community's desired experience and how best to provide it," said Jones. "I want feedback on how to perfect the reader experience."

While the novel is free, viewers are encouraged to sign up for information on the sequel at, write reviews on and engage with the author via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and the author’s blogs. Direct feedback to the author is welcome at:

About the Book
Captive: A Novel: Khalil is held in captivity after being seized evaluating the location for a possible bombing. George, a psychology professor on leave, is charged with extracting any information Khalil may know. Will George break Khalil in time to stop Omar? Each man must face his own limitations as they are tested by circumstance and their own past decisions.

Book ISBN: 978-0-976861768

About Megan Lisa Jones
Megan Lisa Jones is a lawyer and investment banker who works primarily with companies in high growth, evolving or disrupted industries. A child of immigrants, she grew up in Silicon Valley and thus embraces emerging technology enabled options. An avid reader and traveler, she writes about issues which capture her attention and imagination.

About BitTorrent
BitTorrent creates advanced, innovative technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet. The company's two main products today include the original BitTorrent software and the tiny-but-mighty µTorrent, which combined boast over 100+ million users. BitTorrent is based in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit, and follow on Twitter @bittorrent, or Facebook.