Friday, May 29, 2015

Always someone scheming to be a parasite!

A website whose name is seemingly rendered "ectechnano" but whose ostensible name is "Free Download Ebook Pdf: Free Register And Read Online" - which is an odd name, but there it is - purports to offer my book for free.

I somehow doubt that it's really for free. Whatever the site is up to, the folks running it are very, very touchy:
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Rather cheeky of them! Whether they're selling my book or merely offering it for free, they're clearly infringing my copyright (and a lot of other authors' copyrights). They know this, so they're bluffing through 'legalese' with a hostile undertone marked by threat of countersuit.

Of course, my charge of "infringement" assumes that 'ectechnano' is really offering my book. If one looks carefully at the website, however, one sees that they've borrowed material from my book's Amazon webpage, so they might just be offering the free preview allowed by Amazon. If so, they're likely infringing on Amazon's rights.

I doubt that they're having much success - probably haven't sold a single copy even if that's their intention - but I don't intend to find out. That's too much trouble.

I'm not even going to link to the site. If you want a legitimate copy of my very inexpensive ebook, go to Amazon.



At 11:10 PM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Terrible. Bizarre. Jeesh!

What else can I say?

(Er, except buy a copy of BBB and enjoy!)

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, buy a copy!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:50 PM, Blogger Antony Trepniak said...

I have found it shockingly easy to download pirate e-books. When I took a teaching course recently, I found it more convenient to find the books I needed on illegal sites than to use the college library website. This will eventually do the same thing for book publishing as pirate mp3s did to the music industry. Authors won't be able to survive on speaking tours and t-shirt sales.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I guess I'd better not give up my day job . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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