Kindle Counterfeiting

A hat tip to Peter Grant for this, it turns out that people have taken to counterfeiting Kindle books and selling them on the Amazon store. There is a good article on the problem and what to watch out for if you are an author.

An insidious form of piracy is on the rise again, and you may already be a victim.

When Vancouver attorney and author Rebecca Merry Murdock checked Amazon listings for her debut book, she found something strange. The listing for her ebook version was not linked to her author page or the print version of her book. Amazon’s support team remedied the problem by linking the ebook to the print version and her author profile.

Weeks later, Rebecca noticed that a search for her book brought up an unfamiliar ASIN (Amazon’s unique catalog number).

An imposter had stolen the content of her book, uploaded it to Amazon, and created an exact duplicate of her real sales page. That imposter had been collecting royalties for the sale of Rebecca’s book. The imposter’s sale page was indstinguishable from the real one, and worse — it was now linked to her official author page.

And as a final insult, the counterfeit page appeared first when customers searched for Rebecca’s title.

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