Plagiarizing Authors Are Taking Advantage of You on Amazon!

Plagiarizing Authors Are Taking Advantage of You on Amazon!

The coronavirus seems to be worsening with each passing week. There may be something just as bad brewing in the book world, however. It’s name? Misinformation. An article published by Allison Flood on The Guardian highlights a recent uptake in self-published books.  “How is that bad?,” you may be asking.  Well, according to The Guardian, the books being published are ranging from children’s stories to plagiarized cut-and-paste guides of the official advice that we’re seeing from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.   image via john roark / idaho post-reigster   As …

400 Million Copy Bestseller Nora Roberts Sues for Plagiarism

400 Million Copy Bestseller Nora Roberts Sues for Plagiarism

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One of the world’s bestselling authors, romance novelist Nora Roberts is suing Brazillian author Cristiane Serruya for plagiarism, seeking up to $25,000 in damages.   Left: Nora Roberts, Right: Cristiane Serruya | Image via Jornal O Global     According to a US News article, the lawsuit began on April 24th and Robert’s allegations were reported Rio De Janiero’s morning papers. Roberts’ case calls Serruya’s romance novels “a literary patchwork, piecing together phrases whose form portrays emotions practically identical to those expressed in the [Roberts’] books.” Roberts also stated: “If you plagiarize, I will come for you. If you take my …

‘Book-Stuffing:’ The Self-Publishing Crime You’ve Never Heard Of

‘Book-Stuffing:’ The Self-Publishing Crime You’ve Never Heard Of

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There’s a scam going on in the eBook industry, and, as with most high-dollar missteps, no one is stopping it. Before we get into the details of these legal evasions, it’s critical to understand that eBook authors make money per pages read. When authors fill their works with special features to drive the page count into the thousands, eBook readers feel like they’re getting a steal: extra content for the same price. But, for the author, ‘steal’ isn’t that far off.   Image Via David Gaughran   There have been a number of tactics to stop self-publishing abuses designed to …

Novelist Accused of Plagiarism Blames Ghostwriter

Novelist Accused of Plagiarism Blames Ghostwriter

This year has been a wild one in terms of publishing scandals… and, of course, February isn’t even over yet. So far, we’ve got the Jill Abramson plagiarism scandal; the cancellation of a YA debut due to accusations of racist themes; and the cancer lies, urine cups, and possible plagiarism nightmare in the whirlwind of Dan Mallory’s well-documented B.S. Just before the month comes to an end, we’ve got another scandal for you—plagiarism allegations against bestselling romance novelist Christiane Serruya. Fans might’ve fallen in love with her books, but they’re not head-over-heels for her behavior.   Image Via Goodreads   …