I’ve been trying to catch up on comments and blog visits lately, something I’ve been awful at keeping up with of late. So that your for your patience. 🙂
Yesterday I came across a forum [which began a couple of years ago] where a few people were trying to find my book for free. They wanted a free download. Way down the list of replies [a whole year later I believe]–many of whom disgusted with these people for ripping off authors–someone said they found my book here – click2savebook.com.
I went along to see for myself and there it was – Finding Esta [see below]. Have they paid me anything for selling my book? No. Was I asked permission to sell my book? No. I realise some people see this kind of thing as free advertising–I see it as theft.
I’ve seen a few of my friends books up there [and I’ve informed them] but without opening an account I cannot do a proper searches, so thought I’d blog about it here. You can search your books individually then, by writing click2savebook.com [your book title] in your browsers. When you find your book, and if you are displeased with someone else making money from your hard work, then email these scumbags [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] and insist on a cease and desist of sale, and for them to remove your book from their site.
My emails went something like this…
This is the first one I sent:
Then I received the following and responded as follows.
They panicked and sent many more emails.
I spoke to Robert Shane Wilson who searched around and found it might be a scam. My closing statement was this: “You offered my book to people for free if they sign up… One way or the other, you’re using my book to earn money without my permission.” According to them, they don’t actually have the book’s content, only the cover and description. That’s supposed to make it okay? No, this means they’re using details of books and promises of free copies of these books to get unsuspecting readers to sign up and pay a fee to read them free. Thing is, they won’t get the books advertised, they’ll probably get books they can get free without a fee – the classics for example.
Free Digital Read Books = SCAM!
They removed my book after those emails, so at least you know if you do express yourself, they [panic] listen. My advice? If you want to read a book, buy it from a reputable seller. Otherwise, you’re phished!
28th April (24 hours later) UPDATE: This phishing site has been taken down!! Seems my threats scared them into closure. Or it might have been my complaint to GoDaddy (who hosted them). 🙂
However, do not let this make you complacent. Regularly search your book titles or author name in forums which discuss free book downloads. Your browser is your friend, these sites are not (IMO).
To avoid scams and phishing sites, check this out.
What are your thoughts? Am I making a big deal over nothing? Is this free advertising or theft? Is your book being sold on this site? Are you signed up for free books you cannot access?