So 2018 has so far been a strange year for the Felapton brand, aside from a being a Hugo finalist, being reported to the Federal Police for running a blog and not forgetting being accused of secretly lecturing in philosophy in Aberdeen, I’ve now been pirated!
The Apple iBooks store has two version of The Felapton Digest available. One is the correct one distributed by Smashwords and is free. The other is…I’m not sure, I haven’t looked inside it because whoever is selling it is charging $39.99!
Not only have I been pirated but I have been done so by time travellers – or ‘Time Bandits’ as they are known.
And, and they’ve even added an extra typo! “n exciting” instead of “An exciting”. What the flip Time Bandits! I enjoyed your antics on film but don’t steal my book!
I wrote to Apple, and I kid you not (this is the honest truth), THEY replied with an excellent typo:
Thank you for contacting iTunes Provider Support, my name is [Name removed – CF] and I will be assisting you today.
Thank you for letting us know regarding your book and for taking the time to explain the situation. iTunes Provider Support is available for providers that are trying to publish and/or manage their books. Rest assured, I’ll be pointing you in the right direction to address your issue.
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[Name removed – CF]
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Um, I don’t care how busy you are – I’m not asking a favour of iBooks or requesting goods, I’m asking them to stop stealing stuff.
“Oh no a burglar in my house! Get out you fiend!”
“Thank you for your request to [select option: put down stolen stuff/leave house/stop breaking that window/wearing that vase as a hat] but we are currently recieving a high volume of complaints to ‘stop breaking into people’s houses’ and we are delayed in complying. Duplicate screams/crimes for help/threatening me with a poker will not expedite the matter and may in fact delay the procssing of your claim”