Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Let's Try and end Piracy forever!

Hi all, and a very happy 2014 to you.

I'm sorry to say that some (of my) books continue to appear on pirate websites. Fortunately, Amazon do tend to let you know.

What I would like to say to authors who are getting 'pinched', do contact Amazon or the relevant book seller.

Threatening the pirate sites, even if you are able too, seems to have little effect. All the same, we must keep trying.

I would not even worry about this if I had made some return from the book (s), and in some cases these sites host famous authors who have indeed made their money.

That in itself don't make it right. I think people that do this are the very lowest kind of people.

Anyway, this is the sort of thing Amazon writes to you. I think it is good that Amazon do this, because it helps authors take action.

Do contact Amazon for assistance, because your book may be removed from their special platforms (like KDP Select, KOLL) and it is not fair that authors get punished for this.

I wish you all a successful and piracy-free 2014.



We found the following book(s) you've published doesn’t meet the KDP Select content guidelines because it is available in digital format on another platform. Books enrolled in KDP Select must be exclusive to Amazon in digital format during the entirety of their enrollment in the program.

Dark Winter (ID: B00G559BB8) is available on: (I have removed the link as I do not want to give this website ANY promoition).

You may need to copy and paste the entire URL above into your web browser to see where we found your book. You can also do an online search for your book to discover where else it may be available.

In order for your book to remain in the KDP Select program, we'll need you to ensure that it is exclusive to Amazon within 5 days from the date of this email. If, after this 5-day period, your book is still not exclusive to Amazon, it will remain for sale in the Kindle Store but will be removed from KDP Select. Upon its removal, your book will no longer be eligible to earn a share of the KDP Select fund.

Please note that violations of the program’s exclusivity requirement may result in loss of KDP Select benefits, including participation in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) and the usage of Kindle Countdown Deals or free promotion days. To ensure KDP Select benefits are not revoked, please be sure that all of your KDP Select-enrolled books are exclusive to Amazon in digital format at the time of enrollment.

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