The growing e-book popularity has opened the door for scammers that offer worthless material at a low price or pirate books.
These two e-book frauds are already rising. They are: content farming – creating automatically generated content, web-collected content or fake content, turning it into an e-book.
And, Author stealing – steal a book and sell it as an e-book infringing on copyrights. Chances are it is a book already available or a “low cost” version of a book already available.
Scammers can easily fool consumers into buying the book by using multiple fake identities to give the book good reviews, which give the “author” a good reputation.
Follow these tips:
· Stick with known authors. Buy from authors you have used in the past or that have been referred to you. If you decide to buy from an unfamiliar author, see if you can download a free sample first to test the quality.
· Make purchases through secure websites. Make sure that the site is secure when you place the order. Look for the ‘s’ in https:// at the beginning of the site’s URL on the page where you enter payment information.
· Don’t be taken in by great reviews that accompany cheap e-books. They may be genuine or the writers may have been paid to produce them. Do a search on the book name or author to see what other people say or how many other books the author claims to have written.
· Avoid clicking links in e-books. Don’t click on links inside an e-book. Malware is sometimes attached in order to obtain your credit card information.