Paper tiger

After the domainname grabbers, usernames of trademarks in social media there seems to be a new online phenomenon: “the stolen ebooks”. 

Through Amazon independent writers can offer their books and gain good publicity. This platform has a downsize as “masked merchants” seems to use this community as well: with books copied  from websites where these books are offered for free.

These problems seems to be the most present in the erotic section where books were literally copied from free websites such as Literotica. Only the title has been changed. Some books even mentioned the five-star reviews of the copied ebooks! Wikipedia is also a popular resource whereas articles are copied and sold in a new ebook through Amazon.

Amazon does have a complaint procedure but in most cases it is hard to figure out whether your book has been copied. Time for a action in order to avoid that copyright infringement will be a paper tiger!

Source: Fastcompany

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