Thursday, January 12, 2012

Amazon Rife With Plagiarised Ebooks

A new story at FastCompany.com seems to show that the majority of erotic stories being sold as ebooks on Amazon are complete rip-offs.

The article offers an in-depth analysis of several ebooks and the original works they were taken from, in some cases word for word.

True, the article focuses solely on ebook erotica, not any of their other genres, but the facts seem to show that Amazon has a problem with plagiarism. Whether it is erotica or not, plagiarism is stealing. Period. In fact, it's the worst kind of theft because it involves not only stealing what doesn't belong to you, but also lying about the fact you had nothing to do with its creation.

It doesn't matter if you steal an entire book, a page or a single sentence. When you put your name on a finished book or article, you are telling the reading that you created the work they see before them. If you didn't, if you instead stole the words they are about to read and are passing them off as your own, this is a fraud of the highest caliber.

An intellectual fraud.

More to the point of MY article, however, is this: Why doesn't Amazon verify the contents of the ebooks they sell? There are an abundance of copy write services on the Internet. For a few pennies, and in less time than it takes to file a copyright infringement case, you can have any written work checked for originality. We're not talking about rocket science, here, folks. This is amounts to common sense practices, especially when you are talking about publishing.

Regardless of the subject matter, if Amazon is going to sell ebooks, they have an obligation to be certain they are not selling stolen material. Just as Walmart cannot sell bootleg CD's, DVD or Gucci handbags. Even sites such as Ebay and Craigslist have rules forbidding the sale of stolen property.

And make no mistake--if you plagiarize someone else's story, you have stolen their property. Wanna be a novelist? Write your own damn story--don't take work that someone else created and put your name on it.

Until ebook publishers can guarantee they are not selling stolen merchandise, buyers should beware. And so should writers.

After checking the author page for Maria Cruz, who that day had the top-selling erotica book in Amazon's U.K. Kindle store, she counted 40 erotica ebook titles, including Sister Pretty Little Mouth, My Step Mom and Me, Wicked Desires Steamy Stories and Domenating [sic] Her, plus one called Dracula's Amazing Adventure. Most erotica authors stay within the genre, so Sharazade was surprised Cruz had ventured into horror. Amazon lets customers click inside a book for a sample of text and Sharazade was impressed with how literate it was. She extracted a sentence fragment, googled it, and found that Cruz had copy and pasted the text from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Curious, Sharazade keyed in phrases from other Cruz ebooks and discovered that every book she checked was stolen.


Click here to read the rest of the story at FastCompany.com.

1 comment:

Content Checker said...

Plagiarized e-books have to face the controversies, and they do not become much successful in doing business.