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September 9, 2011

Writers Beware: Someone may be stealing your book right now!

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I’ve made it a habit to google myself and my book title monthly.  Usually I’m pleasantly surprised at the new sites that have picked up my book and offered it for sale in their online stores or new reviews from new readers. 

That wasn’t the case this month.

In fact, I found illegal copies of my book in numerous digital formats all offered for download at the following site:

http://download-file.net

They DO NOT have permission to offer my book for download, free or otherwise.

They DID NOT contact my publisher or myself.

They ARE STEALING from me and from my publisher.

My editor contacted them and so did I.  I got back a bogus link to click that apparently was the tracking page to this incident.  It was given a fancy incident number and everything.  But the page doesn’t exist.

I found someone else who’s had the same problem.  They also have tried numerous ways to contact the site owners but never get any response.

Isn’t it difficult enough for new writers to make it in this biz without the unscrupulous thieves who choose to steal from someone else in order to make money.

How do they make money?

If you want to download anything from their site, you pay $4.99 for a one month trial membership.  Otherwise, if you’re a non-paid member, you can’t download anything.

Writers Beward:  Download-file.net may be stealing a copy of your book right now!

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3 Comments »

  1. I was thinking what a rotten thing this is, and then I checked my own two ebooks — Biker Folk Tales, Book I, and Biker Folk Tales, Book II, and there mine were listed there, too, in various formats. Only, I don’t have a publisher to back me up on those books. Rotten, rotten, rotten thieves!

    Comment by sandy Carlson — September 9, 2011 @ 10:20 PM | Reply

  2. I have a plan, my friend. Stay tuned.

    Comment by dramaquill — September 11, 2011 @ 1:46 PM | Reply

  3. Yeah went to the site and my work was there. I contacted my publisher about it. Thanks for posting this. I don’t know if it will do any good but at least I am trying.

    Comment by Jocelyn Devon — September 13, 2011 @ 5:35 PM | Reply


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