Serial Piratery

“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. ]

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4 thoughts on “Serial Piratery

  1. Pretty sure this is a version of the money laundering case I mentioned in the other thread.

    If this persists, one person to contact is David Gaughran, who has investigated a lot of scams involving self-publishing. Though most of them seem to involve Amazon.

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  2. “Update: Quote from Smashwords – “Since you contacted the Vegetable author, I’ll contact the monk.” It’s a weird DnD campaign now”

    The Vegetable Author and the Monk, a new series from Netflix.

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