scam Another scam on indie authors?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

Another scam targeting self-publishing and has apparently surfaced alongside the Penguin Random House-backed Author Solutions crowd:, which apparently is soliciting payments from authors to “offer your Kindle Books to our 635,148 hungry readers , and get up to 24,350+ free [...]

Self-publishers beware! Just got a 'Great Offer' that's anything but

By libertyc
August 14, 2013 // 35 Comments

Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this post for an update from the author. An email showed up today from an “Insight Publishing” with a great e-book conversion deal for me. They will take my Word document or PDF and turn it into an e-book for the reduced price of $400! That’s [...]

Are literary festivals little more than money-grubbing scams?

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

British author and historian Guy Walters (pictured at left) just ran a piece in the UK Literary Review about his less than totally positive experience at the Hay Festival. After a triumphant reading in front of an estimated 800 people, he recounts, he asked for expenses to cover his trip to and [...]

Amazon’s UK Tax Debacle: Time for the scapegoat to butt back?

By libertyc
May 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

UK press, politicians and public all seem heated up about Amazon’s tax bills in the UK—or lack thereof. Seems those deceitful corporations have been daring to incorporate and structure across jurisdictions, rather than standing meekly inside good honest British borders and reaching their hands [...]

Help us catch the thieves who ripped off TeleRead!

By Dan Eldridge
May 1, 2013 // 11 Comments

I had a pretty bizarre email waiting for me in my in-box this morning. It was from a fellow I’ll call Bill, since I don’t know if he would actually appreciate being identified here or not. At any rate, Bill was getting in touch, odd as it may sound, to alert me to the fact that TeleRead [...]

Commercial e-book DRM-cracking apps charge for what is freely available on-line

By libertyc
May 14, 2012 // 10 Comments

As I was browsing through Zite last night to find more stories to blog, I came across what was effectively an advertisement (though Zite apparently considered it a blog article; clearly the program needs some fine-tuning) for an EPUB DRM removal tool. I’m not going to link to this advertisement, [...]

Book promotion: beware of pay-to-play TV shows, by Kim Brittingham

By libertyc
February 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you’re an author — whether you sold your book to a publisher or self-published it — you’d probably jump at the chance to talk about your book on national television.  Who wouldn’t? But beware of predatory producers of “branded entertainment” TV talk [...]

Ebook scammers arise from the mud – Beware of the “Best 1 Ebooks” site

By libertyc
September 23, 2010 // 1 Comment

Mark Coker of Smashwords alerted me to this scam. Keep your eyes open. From Smashwords: This disturbs me to no end. A Smashwords author found their book mentioned on this site – – and wrote us to ask if we’re distributing to them. Definitely not. They [...]

Unrealistically cheap e-reader auctions are too good to be true

By libertyc
September 23, 2010 // 1 Comment

Have you ever seen those ads offering iPads (or for that matter Kindles or other techno-gadgets) at unrealistically low prices via some auction service? I have, and upon checking into the fine print decided to leave them alone. Now Philip Elmer-DeWitt at CNN’s Fortune section has taken a closer [...]

myPadMedia is proven to be a scam – sold access to free Feedbooks site!

By libertyc
June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

On May 4 we published an article about and how it looked like a scam. The original work on this was done by Carly Z from Gear Diary. Well, Gear Diary and Carly have done some more research and it has turned out that this is definitely a scam operation. They did some investigation, [...]

The iPad ebook scams begin

By libertyc
May 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Got an email from Carly Z, from Gear Diary, pointing out what looks like an ebook scam aimed at new iPad users. She discusses it here. The site in question is, a slick looking job that offers “access to the fastest iPad downloads on the net”. According to them [...]

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