Liars and Outliers News

The Liars and Outliers webpage is live. On it you can find links to order both paper and e-book copies from a variety of online retailers, and signed copies directly from me. I’ve also posted the jacket copy, the table of contents, the first chapter, the 15 figures from the book, an image of the full wraparound cover, and all the blurbs for the book.

Last week, I chose 10 winners from the 278 people who entered the drawing for a free galley copy. Those copies have all been mailed, as have copies to potential book reviewers.

Several readers suggested that I auction some copies, and I’m going to do that now. I have two galley copies that I will auction to the two highest bidders. This is a charity auction; the proceeds from one copy will go to EFF and the other to EPIC. Leave bids in the comments below. The auction closes at the end of the day on Wednesday, January 11. (I am deliberately being sloppy about this. I’m happy to let the bidding go if it will raise more money, but eventually I’m going to call things to a close.) So check the comments for the high bidders, and please contribute to these organizations that are doing a lot to keep the Internet—and the whole information age—open and free.

EDITED TO ADD (1/5): There’s only one auction. The top two bidders will in, and the proceeds will be split between EPIC and EFF. There’s no reason to specify an organization in the bidding.

EDITED TO ADD (1/12): The winners are Tom Ehlert and Manasi. Can both of you please contact me.

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM41 Comments


Captain Obvious January 5, 2012 3:00 PM

Looks great. That headshot makes me wonder if you’ve been playing with explosives and Adam Savage lately.

SparkyGSX January 5, 2012 3:38 PM

@Deano: brilliant! Obviously, every copy of the e-book should have digitally signed, to prove that the contents have not been tampered with. While I hadn’t thought of it, we should expect nothing less from Bruce.

With “liars and outliers”, it’s probably less of a threat, but if someone would distribute copies of “practical cryptography”, with malicious modifications to the algorithms and descriptions, that could be a serious security risk. Instead of actually breaking the algorithm, change the programmers reference to the algorithm, to ensure a wrong and breakable implementation of a crypto algorithm.

Bill January 5, 2012 4:16 PM

I’m bidding $5, but I’m on the bbservation floor of the Sears Tower.

103 rd floor, 1,353 feet (412 m) above ground

Highest bidder = me!

helly January 5, 2012 4:25 PM


So sorry, but 1,353 feet is going to put you anywhere close to Denver… But I will reserve my bid, in the hopes that you win out. You seem nice enough.

Jay Tamboli January 5, 2012 4:48 PM

Can you say whether there are any plans for an iBooks version or DRM-free eBook?


Renee Jones January 5, 2012 5:07 PM

Egad. Scanning the first chapter just makes me believe this guy is nuts. He has no clue how the world works and puts way too much importance on “trust.” Typical of someone who has a small insight, but is so arrogant that he thinks this small insight explains everything. Is he one of the leaders at the TSA or homeland security?

When I get time I will try to read the whole book and see if I owe him an apology, but I think I will probably be screaming “NO!” “Wrong!” so many times that I will never make it through the book.

HavaCuppaJoe January 5, 2012 6:38 PM

Woops. Sounds like John Pistole’s secretary is out surfing the web during working hours…

Godel January 5, 2012 6:46 PM

According to Amazon the file size of the Kindle edition is only 11KB.

File compression at its best. 🙂

Ky January 5, 2012 11:21 PM

Considering that the price of a hardcover at B&N copy is $15.96, and a digital copy is $14.97, we can conclude one of two things:

1) A hardcover book only costs $0.99 to print
2) Digital books have slightly inflated prices.

Nick N January 5, 2012 11:36 PM

“A hardcover book only costs $0.99 to print”

And transport, it’s got to get from the printer to the retailer, possibly with a stop at a warehouse in between.

Are the books printed in the US, or offshore?

David January 6, 2012 4:10 AM

What’s a “Jacket Copy”?

I’m not an English speaker, and I could not find the interpretation of this on Merriam-Webster/Google.


David January 6, 2012 6:21 AM

@Jacket copy


I was not familiar with the above usages of either words.
Many thanks from Israel!

Bill January 6, 2012 11:42 AM


I am the highest bidder from the ground, but sadly, not sea level. That’s okay, I’ll just rebid from my next flight @ 30,000 ft.

Troy January 6, 2012 12:19 PM

Bruce, please ask your publisher to sell a DRM-free EPUB. I don’t buy e-books that have DRM.

Dave C. January 6, 2012 3:16 PM

How about a copy for bidding the least nonzero amount. I bid 1 cent as I cant afford $501.

John January 6, 2012 4:56 PM

Your book doesn’t appear to be available through iBooks or a DRM-free EPUB. Any idea when more formats will be available?

Sheldon Cooper January 6, 2012 9:29 PM

January 3, 2012
Episode 272 with Bruce Schneier Thursday night at 6PM ET!

We’re starting off 2012 with a special interview. Join us Thursday night at 6PM ET for a discussion with author and cryptographer Bruce Schneier on Episode 272 of PaulDotCom Security Weekly!

Bruce will give us an overview of his soon to be released book entitled Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive. His latest book tackles questions such as “How does society function when you can’t trust everyone?” and promises to give a better understanding of the mechanisms of trust in societal relationships.

Participate in our IRC channel or sit back and enjoy it live via the link below.!flashvars#autoplay=false&brand=embed&cid=112532&v3=1


For interactive live video, audio, and chat during each episode you can visit PaulDotCom Live!, just hang out in our IRC channel, or if you prefer, visit the Episode 272 show notes page.

Steve January 8, 2012 5:38 PM

I take very mild exception to the first sentence of the blurb copy: “We don’t demand a background check on the plumber who shows up to fix the leaky sink.”

Oh, really?

In these days of Yelp, AngiesList, etc., we actually are getting to the point where we are performing ad hoc background checks on everyone who comes through our door.

I suspect that within a few years, we’ll be performing Bluetooth-enabled background checks via the Cloud on everyone we meet, automatically and unconsciously.

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