There has been an increasing number of e-books being pirated and put up on Kindle.  It has become so serious that Kindle is in danger of being undermined as reported by Reuters:

“For Amazon, the wave of ebook spam crashing over the Kindle could undermine its push into self-publishing and tarnish the brand of the best-selling Kindle eReader, which is set to account for some 10 percent of the company’s 2012 revenue, according to Barclays Capital estimates.”

10% of the company’s 2012 revenue is a big number.

There is a first person report on a Self-Published Author’s Lounge that some of you may find worth reading. http://selfpubauthors.wordpress.com/

 

Spencer Schankel

 

UPDATE:  There has been a form posted for writers to use called Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request form to use to get ....  I made a copy for my file.

 

Spencer

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I wrote a plead to book pirate and included a bunch of tips on how to get free books without having to actually steal them.

 

If you are interested, here is it.

MichelleKCanada

http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/06/plead-to-book-pi...

Awesome, Michelle.  Your comments are really terrific.  I’ve been following all of this closely because I have an acquaintance who has been hit pretty hard by people stealing her books and putting them on the Net.  The person creeping her is from a third-world country and English is not his/her first language.  Amazon has been great about pulling the plug on this illegal activity (when they hear of it).

 

But here’s the jaw-dropper of the day.  An author on one site said she *welcomed* her books being stolen because it was at least *exposure.*  Go figure!

 

Thanks again,

Spencer

*facepalm*

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