Fake Books: Amazon’s Latest Headache

Here is an informative post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog on the latest issue to plague Amazon authors, fake books.

Nicholas C. Rossis

In my last post, I described my positive experience with KDP Rocket. When I used the software for the first time, however, I was amazed to see that about one-third of the books in the top 20 had been published within the last week or so. This was regardless of genre, which is even stranger. What’s going on here?

The answer came in the form of an excellent post by author David Gaughran, which exposed the latest scam by unscrupulous so-called “entrepreneurs”: fake books.

These are books that are powered by so-called clickfarms — and here is how the scam works.

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Fake Books | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: David Gaughran

David looked at the Kindle Store Best Seller charts and clicked over to Free Books. As the screenshot on the right shows, the Top 20 had five suspicious-looking titles: none of them have reviews. All were published in…

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