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Paper Pirates Possibility


Pirating is alive and well. Beware.

Jo Robinson

Something’s got me seriously confused. I saw a post about getting your books taken down from some pirate sites, so as a matter of interest I googled mine again, and found that not only has African Me been loaded on to heaps more torrent sites for free or paid download, but that now Shadow People has joined the pirate party as well. The thing that’s got me wondering is that they’re both being offered on ebay too as paper books. I stopped looking after four different sellers there. (Click on pics to see them bigger)

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At first I thought it could be a reader selling them second hand, but when I had a proper squiz I saw that they’re being offered as brand new/unopened. The sellers have multiple copies too – ten each mostly in stock, and they’re selling them for less than what Amazon’s charging for them.

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I looked…

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

11 thoughts on “Paper Pirates Possibility

  1. It’s sad, you know? At work, people take credit for my ideas. In indie, they’ll try to take the money. Not that i’m in much danger of losing a fortune there… LOL. I got my “paycheck” for last month (on the paperback). I’ll try not to spend that 7 cents all in one place. Bwahahahaha! Hugs to you Tess. 😀


  2. Yikes, now that’s just scary. Thanks for the information. I’ll have to look through some of those sites.


  3. This is very disturbing. I must be a very naive person because it would never occur to me that people are stealing this kind of intellectual property. The internet really is still the wild, wild west 😦


  4. Good grief whatever next!


  5. That’s frightening. I’m going to read how Jo solved this.


  6. It’s so unfair that we sweat to write something and some stranger comes along to steal it. How do we band together to prevent pirating or out-right stealing of our works?


  7. Creepy. Step by step, writers today get led into setting up blogs and websites, building audience and platform, all for no pay; and then after publication, hard work sold out from under them. Hope you’re checking on your books, Tess.


  8. Wow! Mind you I’d be a tiny bit flattered if someone started pirating my books, successfully, that is.


  9. This is dreadful. Thanks for sharing Jo’s article, Tessa.


  10. Thanks for directing me to this site, Tess.