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Very Strange

Post by yvonblake » Sat May 14, 2016 7:01 am

Twice in the last month, I've received notices from my Google Alert of this site - http://yfyiginoy.ru/vamage.pdf . I don't know how they got a copy of my book, accept on Amazon where Createspace at posted it. I know I've sold Kindle versions of it there.

But can they legally give away free downloads of my book? If not, how do I report it?

(I don't expect to get rich on my writing, and I often give it away. I even feel good that people are reading these inspirational stories, but I feel violated somehow.)

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Post by deejay » Sat May 14, 2016 2:07 pm

Have you notified Amazon? Somebody could've gotten a free download, copied it, and sold it, thinking you wouldn't notice. :pirate2 :cop People these days don't care about others, as long as they can profit off of it.

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Post by RedBaron » Sat May 14, 2016 9:28 pm

If they are giving away something that they do not have the rights to, that's the same as stealing. I would contact Amazon and see if they can do anything. It seems odd that they would take something that isn't theirs and give it away.
yvonblake wrote:Twice in the last month, I've received notices from my Google Alert of this site - http://yfyiginoy.ru/vamage.pdf . I don't know how they got a copy of my book, accept on Amazon where Createspace at posted it. I know I've sold Kindle versions of it there.

But can they legally give away free downloads of my book? If not, how do I report it?

(I don't expect to get rich on my writing, and I often give it away. I even feel good that people are reading these inspirational stories, but I feel violated somehow.)
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Re: Very Strange

Post by Deb Porter » Sun May 15, 2016 2:35 am

Yvonne, I've heard a lot of writers mentioning this lately. It seems to be a scam of some sort. I don't think they actually have your book. They list every book they can (even books that don't have e-books) and they try to scam people or transfer viruses when people attempt to download it.

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Re: Very Strange

Post by yvonblake » Sun May 15, 2016 5:30 am

Thank you, Deb.

Contacting Amazon or Createspace might be a good idea. After all, it could be hurting them too,
at least hurting their reputation of protecting their clientele.

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