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AuthorOffer.com: Another scam on indie authors?
April 9, 2014 | 10:37 am

AuthorOfferAnother scam targeting self-publishing and has apparently surfaced alongside the Penguin Random House-backed Author Solutions crowd: AuthorOffer.com, which apparently is soliciting payments from authors to "offer your Kindle Books to our 635,148 hungry readers , and get up to 24,350+ free downloads or 3390+ purchases for your book." Exactly how it's supposed to be doing this is not clear, because it seems from the site that all AuthorOffer.com does is to duplicate Amazon's updates of free and cut-price titles available on Kindle, and email that information out to its subscriber base. "Once you set your reading preferences, you’ll get a...

Self-publishers beware! Just got a ‘Great Offer’ that’s anything but
August 14, 2013 | 8:00 am

Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this post for an update from the author. An email showed up today from an "Insight Publishing" with a great e-book conversion deal for me. They will take my Word document or PDF and turn it into an e-book for the reduced price of $400! That's down from their usual price of $500. So glad they lowered that price because they've made it go from ridiculous to merely ludicrous. (Or should it be the other way round?) Anyway, that's a horrible price for e-book conversion. BB ebooks, which I use, is so much less that it...

Woman in Australia scammed for $1,335 for two apples rather than iPhones
August 6, 2013 | 8:06 pm

iPhonesBy Hammad Saleem If you're planning on buying an iPhone or any other device through classified ads or from websites like Craigslist, you should definitely read this: A woman in Australia paid AUS $1,500 (almost $1,335) for what she thought would be two shiny new iPhones in a sealed box. She never checked inside, as the boxes looked new. And guess what turned out to be inside the boxes? Actual apples. Yes, you read that right: actual apples. According to the story at Gizmodo UK, the Australian woman wanted to buy two iPhones, and placed an ad on the online classified website Gumtree. Another woman...

Are literary festivals little more than money-grubbing scams?
July 16, 2013 | 11:57 am

literary festivalsBritish author and historian Guy Walters (pictured at left) just ran a piece in the UK Literary Review about his less than totally positive experience at the Hay Festival. After a triumphant reading in front of an estimated 800 people, he recounts, he asked for expenses to cover his trip to and from the Festival—and was refused. "As I drove home, I did some maths," Walters states. "Those eight hundred people had each paid £7 [$10.57], earning Hay a tidy £5,600 [$8,455]. Compared to Hay's turnover of £4 million [$6 million] and gross profit of £1 million [$1.5 million], that's not a...

Amazon’s UK Tax Debacle: Time for the scapegoat to butt back?
May 16, 2013 | 2:57 pm

AmazonUK press, politicians and public all seem heated up about Amazon’s tax bills in the UK—or lack thereof. Seems those deceitful corporations have been daring to incorporate and structure across jurisdictions, rather than standing meekly inside good honest British borders and reaching their hands into their pockets whenever that nice Mr. Osborne tells them to. Whisper it not, but rumor has it that some of them even have profit motives. Scandalous, I know. Politicians eager for scapegoats to fling before an electorate grumbling under the weight of misgovernment have seized on Amazon, Google, et al, as a Godsend. Watching them posture...

Help us catch the thieves who ripped off TeleRead!
May 1, 2013 | 12:28 pm

TeleReadI had a pretty bizarre email waiting for me in my in-box this morning. It was from a fellow I'll call Bill, since I don't know if he would actually appreciate being identified here or not. At any rate, Bill was getting in touch, odd as it may sound, to alert me to the fact that TeleRead had somehow—at some point—been cloned. Bill proceded to tell me that a website of his had previously been cloned by someone using the IP address 192.155.93.220—he thinks they also used 184.22.242.240—and he was eventually able to stop the cloners by simply blocking their IP address. (He's...

Commercial e-book DRM-cracking apps charge for what is freely available on-line
May 14, 2012 | 11:15 am

ScreenClip(39) As I was browsing through Zite last night to find more stories to blog, I came across what was effectively an advertisement (though Zite apparently considered it a blog article; clearly the program needs some fine-tuning) for an EPUB DRM removal tool. I’m not going to link to this advertisement, because I don’t want to provide it with even a smidgin of search-engine-optimization respectability. Suffice it to say this program, “ePub DRM Romoval,” sells for $29.95 and offers “easy access to DRM-free ePub ebooks for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, NOOK, Sony Reader and more ebook reader...

Book promotion: beware of pay-to-play TV shows, by Kim Brittingham
February 13, 2011 | 9:48 am

Evil television If you're an author -- whether you sold your book to a publisher or self-published it -- you'd probably jump at the chance to talk about your book on national television.  Who wouldn't?But beware of predatory producers of "branded entertainment" TV talk shows that are little more than glorified infomercials.  They know how badly you want to promote your book to a large audience, and they'll use that desire to try and separate you from your money, to the tune of thousandsof dollars.Not all the news-style or talk shows you see on television are legitimate.  What do I mean by "legitimate"?  I mean programming...

Ebook scammers arise from the mud – Beware of the “Best 1 Ebooks” site
September 23, 2010 | 12:14 pm

scam.jpgMark Coker of Smashwords alerted me to this scam. Keep your eyes open. From Smashwords: This disturbs me to no end. A Smashwords author found their book mentioned on this site - http://best1ebooks.com/ - and wrote us to ask if we're distributing to them. Definitely not. They appear to be scraping Smashwords book covers and book descriptions and then selling [who knows what, but definitely not our books] at marked up prices. The site is designed to trick customers. It features false logos to make it look like the shopping experience is a safe...

Unrealistically cheap e-reader auctions are too good to be true
September 23, 2010 | 12:24 am

scam1[1] Have you ever seen those ads offering iPads (or for that matter Kindles or other techno-gadgets) at unrealistically low prices via some auction service? I have, and upon checking into the fine print decided to leave them alone. Now Philip Elmer-DeWitt at CNN’s Fortune section has taken a closer look at one of these, Swipe Auctions, reportedly offering an iPad for $31.47. He goes as far as concluding that it’s a scam, but he doesn’t actually unpack the business model behind such sites or explain how they work. That’s left to a reader named Evan in...

myPadMedia is proven to be a scam – sold access to free Feedbooks site!
June 3, 2010 | 8:54 am

scam.jpegOn May 4 we published an article about myPadMedia.com and how it looked like a scam. The original work on this was done by Carly Z from Gear Diary. Well, Gear Diary and Carly have done some more research and it has turned out that this is definitely a scam operation. They did some investigation, and even purchased a "membership" for $50, and found out that this operation was actually selling a redirect to Feedbooks! There is a long, and very interesting, article about the saga on Gear Diary's site which you should all read. Gear Diary...

The iPad ebook scams begin
May 4, 2010 | 10:05 am

scam.jpegGot an email from Carly Z, from Gear Diary, pointing out what looks like an ebook scam aimed at new iPad users. She discusses it here. The site in question is myPadMedia.com, a slick looking job that offers "access to the fastest iPad downloads on the net". According to them "Members have unlimited access, no restrictions; unlimited free novels, comics newspapers & more; free 24 hour technical support; no monthly or pay per download fees; and finally a huge media selection. It costs $50, and promises: "Inside the member's area, you will be able to download thousands of digital books,...