Remember last week's post about plagiarism and pirating in the modern "wild west" internet/digital publishing world?
Well...this happened. I'll let Robert Swartwood explain it all. I'm too tired. Too frustrated. I've been sorting this mess out since the mid-afternoon.
The thing which boggles me the most? The pirate can't be making (much) on his/her/its knock off of Echoes of the Dead. It's not exactly flying off the virtual shelves for me, either. Robert might not have noticed it if said pirate hadn't listed the book as a free promo.
It's not like it was erotica or something. I hear that stuff sells.
I have some history with plagiarists and pirates.
One of my classmates at K-State plagiarized a term paper in Psych 350: Experimental Methods. Not a pretty sight. A few of my stories were nabbed and rebooted a few years ago (remember this?). This Christmas, some brave soul "published" an anthology of Christmas horror without rights from the authors. (Um... the antho included Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, and many more big names.)
eBookr has quite a selection of my stuff for "free". (All you can read, folks!)
But this Amazon trick? This sh*t is just out of hand.
Welcome to the digital future.
We're just getting started...