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I've been robbed!!

slain that., Been there
Roughly two weeks ago sartorias   suggested it was time I put Darkside up on Amazon as a kindle download. Apparently someone took her suggestion to heart, because yesterday I found out it was offered on Amazon.co.uk for £3.53 and Amazon.com for $4.99. (Oddly enough, it's not up on Amazon.ca.) I suppose this would be great news, had I had anything to do with it.

All I can assume is that someone convinced Amazon that they were S.K.S. Perry, and submitted my book for sale. I have no idea how hard that is to do, or what steps Amazon uses to verify that you in fact have the right to sell whatever book on their site, but obviously in this case their process has failed. Amazon has a copyrite email addy to address this very kind of thing, and I've contacted them to let them know, but as yet I've heard nothing back.

I had considered putting Darkside up myself for .99¢ (apparently whoever posted it thinks its worth more than I do!) but now I guess I'll have to wait for this to be resolved.

After that, I think I'll try and sell the sequel before someone else beats me to it.

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barbarienne
Mar. 30th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
If the thief knew who you are and what you can do, they wouldn't have done that!

People are such assholes.
barbarienne
Mar. 30th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
But anyway, how's it been selling?
sksperry
Mar. 30th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how well it's doing or not. I wouldn't know how to check, and prolly don't have that access anyway since I'm not the one who posted it. A few people have "reviewed" it, stating what a wonderful book it is, and what a shame it's stolen. :-)
sartorias
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Holy shit! I did not suggest that someone pirate it!!!!!
sksperry
Mar. 30th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
I know, right! Besides, who steals a self-published novel, and one that's been offered for free on the internet for at least 2 or 3 years now???
ccfinlay
Mar. 31st, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
I think King Henry said something very similar... after Thomas a' Becket was murdered in the cathedral!!!

Okay, I'm just giving you a hard time. Which I will continue to do for a while.
sartorias
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Arrrrgh!
asakiyume
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Henry definitely did not support book piracy!

(Hello sksperry --I am very sorry to hear about what happened! I got here after seeing a twitter post of stillnotbored 's about your woes.)

Edited at 2011-03-31 02:46 am (UTC)
kimatyza
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
For the record, I'd pay the $4.99. :)
ccfinlay
Mar. 31st, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Steve - let us know when this gets straightened out. I'll buy a(nother) copy just to see your rankings jump.
sksperry
Mar. 31st, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Thanks, Charlie. Still no word from Amazon.
domynoe
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Someone one else went through something similar, and as I recall, it took a bit to get it all resolved. I wish I could remember the post I read about that....
RickNovy
Mar. 31st, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
THIS is why it's worth taking the time to google your name.
barbarienne
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
SEND THEM A PHYSICAL LETTER. Seriously. People take letters more seriously. Here is what you do:

1. Send it return receipt requested. Then they know you are paying attention and invested in creating an EVIDENCE TRAIL.

2. Lead with, "You are selling my ebook illegally. The person who uploaded it and is collecting payment for it is not me."

3. Somewhere in there say, "I expect to be compensated for all past sales of my book through Amazon."

Contact me privately and I'll help you write a letter that will make their legal department get on it.
barbarienne
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Also, hello, they have their phone number posted. Did you not call?

Copyright Agent
Amazon.com Legal Department
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108
phone: (206) 266-4064
fax: (206) 266-7010
e-mail: copyright@amazon.com

Courier address:
Copyright Agent
Amazon.com Legal Department
410 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109-5210
USA
kelly_swails
Apr. 1st, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
WTF, dude? Why do people have to be such douchebags?
red_mike_yog
Apr. 1st, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Amazon and the Kindle
"I have no idea how hard that is to do, or what steps Amazon uses to verify that you in fact have the right to sell whatever book on their site,"

The answers are: a) Easy as pie.
b) None whatever.

I think I'll blog this one.
sksperry
Apr. 1st, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon and the Kindle
Please do.
red_mike_yog
Apr. 1st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon and the Kindle
sksperry
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazon and the Kindle
Thanks!
ospreys_view
Apr. 1st, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
And when this all does get worked out, be sure to post about it so that those of us with Kindles can buy your book from you. (And I would pay more than a dollar for your book.)
sksperry
Apr. 1st, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was planning on going the Amanda Hocking route and selling Darkside for 99 cents, and the sequel for $2.99, but we'll see.
jeffreyab
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Can you post your copy on Amazon.ca for $.99 and then we can link to it and undercut this pirate!
sksperry
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing. Surely, though, Amazon wouldn't let me post a copy of the same work twice, would they? That would blatantly show that they take no steps whatsoever to enforce copywrite infringement.
jeffreyab
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
I would ask or attempt to post your book on Amazon.ca undercutting the imposter and see what happens.
sksperry
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
I did just that today. Let's see. ;-)
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