The word of the day is: Piracy
The definition for us writers and creators of art: the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s work.
Relevance: I was just informed by a group that I am a part of on Facebook about a site known as Bookinistika.com.
What is Bookinistika?
Bookinistika is a pirate site that is listing books on their site and in turn selling them, which means that they are making money on the books that they sell and not giving a dime to the author.
What does this all mean?
Well, basically they are making a profit off of other’s, mainly writers, and in turn those writers are not seeing a dime of the money that is being made from the selling of these books.
Are there steps that writers should be taking if they find their works on this site?
Yes, there are steps and please, follow the steps as follows.
Open up two web browser tabs, both are going to be linked to Bookinistika. The first is where you are going to fill out the DCMA form, and the second tab is where you are going to search for your known works and request for your works to be pulled down.
Please, note that when filling out the form, only put in the required information.
Next step is to make the main page a favorite, so that when you publish anything through Amazon, you can find it on this site and fill out the form again asking for your work not to be listed on this site.
How did this impact Moonspinner3 Books?
This impacted Moonspinner3 Books because my books where listed on their site without my permission, and furthermore, they were making sales from my books.
I have only given Amazon permission to sell my books, I did not give permission to Bookinistika permission.
Now, if Bookinistika would have listed my book and then linked it to the Amazon page for the book’s listing that would have been different for that would have been sending the user to the right source and then the consumer could have purchased the book through Amazon.
But they didn’t for they made their own page, to sell the book and then in turn make a profit off of the book, as if they were the merchant that has the right to sell my book(s).
Please, if you have anything that has been published through Amazon, please, check this site out and make sure that you are not being taken advantaged of!!
We work hard to put out our works, and we should be paid for doing so, and sites like these are taking advantage of the hard work that we put into for our work.
Sorry, if this is not in the normal format of my other posts, but it is important to get the word out.
Thank you and I hope that you have a great writing day!