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Barnes and Noble Pirates

Besides everything else that's going on, I found out The Element of Fire is being pirated on both Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

I don't spend time chasing pirates sites that are giving my books away for free (usually accompanied by viruses) but when the books are being sold on the same retailers I use to sell them, it matters.

I've self-pubbed five books, four ebook reprints of my older out of print books (The Element of Fire, City of Bones, The Death of the Necromancer, Wheel of the Infinite), and one new story collection (Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories).

Those sales help pay my utility bill. So when Kobo and Barnes and Noble let pirates sell their versions in place of mine, it does directly affect me.

And while the Kobo copy was taken down pretty quickly, the two Barnes and Noble pirated copies are still there. One is taking the place of my legitimate copy, so it doesn't even show up in the search anymore. (And I wondered why my Nook sales have been so bad lately.)

This is the real copy: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/element-of-fire-martha-wells/1000344557?ean=2940012625311&itm=1&usri=2940012625311 The publisher name is Martha Wells.

One pirate copy is published by Booklassic, the other is published by Edward Lee who lists himself as editor. The pirated Booklassic copy has been attached to the legitimate book listing, including the new audiobook, and the out of print paperback and hardcover. So if it's incomplete or garbled, any bad reviews will attach themselves to my ebook and the audiobook, etc.

Anyway, this is frustrating.

ETA: Okay, this is a relief. It looks like the one that was taking the place of the genuine ebook is now down. Just one to go.

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That is really disheartening that those sites are not better maintained. Hopefully it will get solved and will be better policed in the future.

Yeah, it really is depressing.

Oh, how infuriating. I hope you manage to chase both away very soon. And that B & N shape up and stop hosting such things.

Thanks, and yeah, it really does make you angry. This is the second time this has happened to me there.

I'm not saying I'm prepared to go break a couple of kneecaps for you (or anything else that might incriminate me), but, um, I really do think this sort of behavior should be firmly discouraged, possibly with the help of a lead pipe.

(For the benefit of the irony-impaired: no, I wouldn't break people's kneecaps, or even arrange to have kneecaps broken. I'm no Donatien. But the fantasy is certainly appealing.)

Thanks, and yes, the idea is appealing in a fantasy way. :)

Is there anything we, as consumers, can do? My apologies, I misread the situation and thought these had been taken down days ago.

Thanks for asking, but I don't think there's anything anybody else can do. People have complained to them and flagged the copies on their site and they just ignore it.

Oh ugh.

I have little to no knowledge about such things. I'm wondering if SFWA has ever published a blog post about 1) where to check to see if your books are being pirated, and 2) who to contact at those retailers when you find something on one of their sites.

I need to go back and look through SFWA's online articles.....

Yeah, I think it wouldn't occur to most people that they need to check Barnes and Noble for pirate books, but this is the second time this has happened to me.

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