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eBook Fraud, Kindle Swindle: One Big Laugh

By Caleb Spilchen On April 10, 2011 Under thoughts

Hi All,

Been a while since a blog post right? Well, I’ve always said that on this blog you were going to get the REAL me, and my real opinions — and today I have an issue that came close to me. My good friend Mike Carraway, also known as winebuddy, recently did a WSO called “Autopilot Kindle Cash” which outlined how people can profit by having their virtual assistants post books on the Amazon Kindle Platform (The KDP).

Now, the book concentrates on the concept of using private label rights materials, in your publishing. Now, just a note on PLR, if the license states that you can distribute it, you legally have the right to publication through Kindle and other medium you so choose. So the concept, in the book is completely fine.

I assumed after the launch, that people were going to do REALLY well because it is one of those killer methods. But, boy was I surprised when I was browsing one day and found a site called “PublishingTrends.com” who were using Mike’s WSO as an example of “scammers” and “spammers” using Kindle to do their dirty deeds because now Google had weeded them out with their farmer update.

I almost fell over laughing, as a good friend of Mike’s, I knew full well that he would never spam anyone, nor would he ever scam anyone, he’s one of the people that I trust most online. So I continued to read the article, and here’s a little excerpt of what I found:

Now that Google has gone after content farms, the next frontier for spammers is e-books

Following that, they included an image of Mike’s product and a little description of it. Funny enough, they didn’t care enough to link to his product, which is an instant trademark violation as they posted his e-book images. Anyways, back to the story. They don’t mention Mike’s product anywhere in the article, but use it at the beginning as a “proof element” to their statement.

Now, let’s look at this statement closely, they are saying that Google has gone after content farms, which is entirely correct. Then, they say the “next frontier for spammers is e-books”… This is where things go sour, according to dictionary.com the meaning of a spammer is:

To send unsolicited electronic mail or text messages simultaneously to a number of e-mail addresses or mobile phones

My question is, in what way did Mike send unsolicited mail by publishing an e-book? Furthermore, if you read the actual article they make claims like..

Many ebook vendors don’t check copyright on works that are submitted, and Essex noticed that people are stealing content from the web, quickly creating ebooks about the same topics from multiple angles in order to target different keyword variants, and publishing them—some Kindle authors have “written” thousands of books in a single year. The Amazon.com domain name gives these books an added boost in search results; royalty payouts are high even when a book is priced at $0.99, and reviews aren’t a surefire solution to combating the problem.

What’s interesting here, is that although they use Mike’s product as a reference point, they are claiming “copyright on works”, but what they don’t realize is that most products  — are not teaching people to STEAL content all over the web, they are teaching people to purchase legal content. Like seriously, do you really assume that all books by some of the top publishers, were actually written by them? I’ve got evidence that proves a lot of them have ghost writers. Just food for thought.

Now, for some more quotes from their post:

When and how did you notice spam content’s move to ebooks?

ME: When I first started writing an ebook, I wanted to see what other authors had written in my niche. Within five minutes, I had seen endless streams of spam that offered little value. Knowing that these other books would appear in searches for my own frustrated me as they make the topic look bad and have a negative effective on me. If someone buys a book in my niche and it’s rubbish, they won’t buy another.

My question is yet again, how do unsolicited e-mails have anything to do with publishing on the Kindle Platform? They don’t. By the way, what he said right there, was that he found 1 book that was crap and immediately stereotyped all other books published by a bunch of authors as CRAP. But here’s the real kicker, “have a negative effective on me”. I think what he means is have a “negative effect” but who knows. Anyways, right there it shows that this article has nothing to do with Mike’s product, it’s about him wanting to sell his e-books, and feeling bad that he works so hard on them, and his competition doesn’t. Now, their is a LOT of crap on the Kindle, I can tell you that first hand, however, not all products are crap, and he’s probably not the only top quality publisher on Kindle. (I publish on Kindle, but anyway).

After reading that post, I left a comment on it explaining my point of view as a person, that has looked at the product. I figured, that maybe the person writing the article would actually take the fact that they were wrong into consideration, and re think there post. Well, boy was I surprised to find out that someone had replied to my comment, and told me I didn’t know anything because I was a teen.

People are funny that way, right? The worst part is the person came under “everybody” as a name, which I can take to mean “ANONYMOUS’. Now, if you’re going to tell me I’m a stupid teen, why not say it as who you are? So at that point, I completely disregarded ALL of there statements, because they weren’t going to be gutsy enough to post there name.

After I was done with that site, I continued to find a security specialist who called it “eBook fraud” and “content theft”, in essence. I won’t even respond to that post, because really it is just a repeat of the other ones.

Anyways, I wanted to tell you all, that publishing PLR on the Kindle, is CERTAINLY NOT, theft in any matter of the imagination, and anyone who tells you differently is LYING to you. As well, it’s not fraud, nor is it “spamming”.

If you’re going to publish on Kindle, I highly recommend Mike’s course, which you can find here.

Thoughts, Opinions?

Caleb Spilchen

Updates:

4/15 – PublishingTrends.com domain name, expired on April 14th, and was not renewed. It looks like the website has gone to a parked page.

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    Caleb Spilchen is an Online Marketer, Coach, and Product creator. He spends his time working with various Online Communities, Creating Products, and helping others get started online

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