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Perhaps a reader has messaged you to let you know a book they read is a lot like yours or perhaps you found your title on a torrent list, thank goodness Anne R. Allen is here with wise words on how to manage.
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Book Pirates—ARRGH! Have Pirates Stolen your Book or Blog?
Piracy has become big business in the age of e-publishing. If your intellectual property is available on the Web—in ebooks, blog posts or other web content—chances are pretty good you’re going to be pirated at some point. If you have a Google Alert on your name and book titles (and you should) you’ll get notices of this stuff pretty much every week.
You can sign up for Google Alerts here.
Mostly I get alerts on sites that use snippets of our blog posts to lure customers to buy fake medications, dodgy hair products, or knock-off sunglasses.
Then there are the torrent sites that offer my books for free.
“Torrent” sites are websites that use a protocol called “BitTorrent” for free file sharing. They’ve been around since the 90s. They were invented for sharing (often stealing) music files. But they’ve branched into ebooks now.
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