“Piratery” should be a word!
In the comments to my last post sfrazer2015 points out that the same seller on iBooks appears to have misappropriated some other books.
“Going for Broke: Travelogs on Becoming a Buddhist Monk” https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/771167 Is a free book on Smashwords that was released in December 2015 [I know nothing about it other than the blurb and the link isn’t an endorsement obviously]. ‘depi laurent’ is selling the same book on iBooks for $39.99. I can’t imagine they are getting many sales at that price but it’s free money if they get even one.
“Awesome Vegetable Recipes” https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/743710 is getting the same treatment. Free on Smashwords and then stolen and sold at a stupid price on iBooks.
I’ve sent those details on to Smashwords. I don’t know if they will contact the actual owners of those books.
I guess the other question is how much pirated stuff is there on iBooks? Perhaps naively I assumed that it would be a more tightly controled market.
[ETA – I wrote to Smashwords and within minutes an actual human wrote back concerned. There isn’t much they can do but kudos to Smashwords for acting like decent people.
I also found a way of contacting one of the two authors and let them know.
Update: Quote from Smashwords – “Since you contacted the Vegetable author, I’ll contact the monk.” It’s a weird DnD campaign now 🙂
Update 3: I did write to David Gaughran, thinking he might be interested in the money-laundering aspect. ]