This Week in Indie Publishing

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Author Don Massenzio

Fake books sold on Amazon could be used for money laundering

Amazon.
Ā Nonsensical? Many high-priced books whose texts are gibberish are offered for sale on Amazon. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

ā€œWorthlessā€ books priced at up to thousands, of dollars onĀ Amazon.com and which contain only nonsensical text have been identified as possible vehicles for money laundering by an author whose name was, he says, used to send almost $24,000 (Ā£17,200) to an unknown and fraudulent seller.

Amazonā€™s self-publishing arm CreateSpaceĀ makes it relatively straightforward to publish a title that contains any text, provided that this isnā€™t ā€œplaceholderā€ or dummy text, and allowing fake books to be sold on the Amazon website at a price chosen by the seller.

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