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Jackie Tim

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Dutch bookseller illegally "ripping" and "giving" away Kindle books
Posted: Dec 2, 2017 9:28 PM
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So far I've sold one Kindle version of my book. The sale was almost immediate. Then I googled the title of the book and my name and, guess what, a Dutch bookseller with a Russian domain website is offering my kindle book as a "Gratis" download on his website. Nothing's free. He probably is attaching spyware to the book. Anyone else notice this? The guy's website address is nl.smacks.ru
Donna St Felix

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Re: Dutch bookseller illegally "ripping" and "giving" away Kindle books
Posted: Dec 2, 2017 10:33 PM   in response to: Jackie Tim in response to: Jackie Tim
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Did you check to see how many books he has listed?
It is probably a site that collects credit card numbers or downloads the 'bad' stuff.
Don't try to buy anything there.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Dutch bookseller illegally "ripping" and "giving" away Kindle books
Posted: Dec 3, 2017 4:55 AM   in response to: Jackie Tim in response to: Jackie Tim
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Time to repost the standard "pirates" response, for the newcomers:

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First, take a breath and relax. This Q gets asked about 50 times each week. Well, 20 times, maybe.

It is MOST LIKELY that this site / these sites DO NOT have your book. They're trolling for e-mail addresses and credit-card numbers. If anyone downloads anything (if that even works), it's likely they'll get malware of some kind.

Any download counts shown by such sites are probably lies, too.

One of the posters to this forum even thinks that new authors are the primary targets of these sites, as authors might be tempted to d/l "their own book" just to verify that it is, in fact, their own book. Nah. Don't do it. Or do it with a friend's PC and that friend's credit card. Especially if you no longer want to be friends with them.

The ONLY TIME I'd be concerned about another site having my work is

1) if you're in Kindle Select (Kay Yu) and
2) You get a message from Amazon telling you that your work is available elsewhere

One last item to note: If ever a site did have your book available for free, do realize that the freebie chasers who would download your work would not have been individuals who would have purchased your work in the first place. In other words, it's highly unlikely that you're losing any sales.

So have a cuppa, take a breath, and work on your next book. :)

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badouri said

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Re: Dutch bookseller illegally "ripping" and "giving" away Kindle books
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 7:22 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
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yeah sur thanks for the advice
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