Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem

Having checked several of the books (they seem to be mainly the ‘Steamy Romance’ (erotic?) kind), and found exactly what David states in this post, so reblogging to make everyone aware of this issue.

BTW – I’d STRONGLY recommend you do NOT attempt to download these ‘bargain freebies’ – they might contain malware, or at the very least, give your details to a click farm 😱

David Gaughran

Fake books – powered by clickfarms – are gatecrashing Amazon’s charts. And despite being aware of the issue for well over a year, Amazon has failed to resolve it.

If you look at the Kindle Store Best Seller charts right now, and click over to Free Books, you will see that the Top 20 currently has five suspicious-looking titles.

None of them have reviews. All were published in the last week. They have no Also Boughts – meaning they have had very few sales. Each of these titles are around 2,500 pages long, seem to have duplicated content, and are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

What is going on here?

For over fifteen months now, scammers have been raiding the Kindle Unlimited pot using a well-worn trick. They usually pilfer the content first of all – often by stealing an author’s original work and running it through a synonymizer – and…

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20 thoughts on “Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem

  1. This actually explains so much of what I was looking at when my last book came out. This and people slapping on every category title they can think of, which is why I see romance and sci-fi in the epic fantasy/sword & sorcery lists.

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