I’m Launching a Campaign to Support Authors and #StopFakeBooks, but I Need Your Help
I recently came across an article from Vox, and then the New York Times, that (quite frankly) pissed me off.
Apparently, Amazon has a problem with counterfeit books. I’m talking about entities that plagiarize an author’s book, print a fake copy (usually at much lower quality), and sell it as the real thing. The result?
The author doesn’t make any money, the reader receives a crappy copy, and the thief walks away richer.
The articles I’m referring to are:
- “How Amazon benefits from counterfeit books,” by Vox; and
- “What happens after Amazon’s domination is complete? Its bookstore offers clues,” by the New York Times.
What Can YOU Do?
Luckily, as a reader and consumer of books, you can help fight this! It’s an easy fix.
If you decide to buy a book on Amazon:
- Always buy directly from either the book’s publisher, or from Amazon.
- Do NOT buy from any “third-party” sellers.
- Help spread the word on social media and to your friends using the hashtag #StopFakeBooks.
Many people are unaware of this issue and may purchase a counterfeit book without knowing it. Education and awareness are key.
It’s personal for me, too.
I am concerned this might have already affected my book, The Apollo Illusion. I see several paperback versions of my book being sold by third-party sellers on Amazon that list it in “new” condition. However, the only place a reader can purchase a new version of The Apollo Illusion is directly from Amazon, not from these so-called bookstores.
Many authors, such as myself, have invested years and thousands of dollars into the writing, editing, production, and marketing of our books. It hurts, both emotionally and financially, to have one’s work and revenue stolen.
So help me #StopFakeBooks! Take to Twitter, to Facebook, to text, to WhatsApp, and to book clubs. Share this blog post with your friends, family, and book club members. And support your favorite writers by ensuring they’re getting paid for their work!
C’mon, you MUST be thinking something.