Apropos of an earlier post, this is what I’ve discovered on further research:
To recap, authors who don’t Google themselves are massive liars; then they see their books revealed on illegal download sites; curiosity gets the better of them, they click the link and they eventually go to what looks like a kosher site, but it isn’t.
It’s a scam, people, and there’s a simple reason why: the web addresses/links are all different, they lead to the same site; you sign up, but what they’re really after are your card details, and more often than not, they carry viruses. Your book isn’t actually on the site! If it were, DRM/DCMA has been contravened.
Here are the culprits:
Playster (ignore the recommendations at the bottom of the screen, lies, lies, lies, and have a day off, it’s not the Netflix of books!)
13th Century Books (and they have the front to show a DMCA policy when it’s their site that’s contravening it!)
Usenet.nl (another site of crafty buggers who utilise links from multiple sources; click on the link and all you’ll see is a hosting platform)
If you actually put these sites in a search engine, you won’t find a home page, except for Playster, trying to make itself look legit.
Just this: aside from the sites you know are the real deal: Amazon, Smashwords, Nook etc, chances are the links you click on offering you pdf, epub, html or mobi downloads of a book are fraudulent. Steer clear!
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