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text 2016-02-23 13:24
Book Pulled From Amazon

reblogged from 38 Caliber Reviews


The book written by convicted Canadian serial killer, Robert Pickton, has been pulled from Amazon. Whether Amazon bowed to public outrage or the request of Canada’s Solicitor General, the book was removed on Sunday. There will be an investigation into how the book found its way to a publisher.


Links: HuffPoBCChange.org BBC TorontoStarYahoo CBC

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text 2016-01-12 15:30
Dear Open Books...

Grim wasn't the only one:

53 minutes ago


Dear Owned by Cats Spare Ammo blog Author :-)

We would like to invite you to take a look into Stanley Laine crime series, loved by our readers.
100% satisfaction guaranteed, as eBooks are available in open download. Our whole bookstore operates in Pay-What-You-Want-after-reading model.
Stanley Laine is an Indie Author who is one of most brilliant we ever read. His crime series about Philippa K. Dick investigations is adored by our readers and rated averagely 5 to 5 stars. I hope you will also enjoy.
If you would be so kind to publish a review on your blog, we reciprocate by promoting your blog in our social media channels. We want to help the talented author, who is also a man of a great heart and supports PWYW and economy of trust and makes his books available for everybody. By reviewing his books, you can help too. We would be very, very thankful.

The books are available here:

With kind regards,
Monika, OpenBooks.com Team


Dear Open Books,


You have seriously fucked up. Have you paid any attention to what posters on BL like and dislike? Let me give you a clue; this is the kind of thing that gets you unfollowed, unfriended, and unread.


You must have missed so many of us posting about our dislike of Spam and I don't mean the product you find on a grocery shelf. I mean your email. You just followed me this morning so forgive my cynicism if I think it was so you could spam me and I really dislike that behavior. If you only followed me to spam your damned book, too bad for you. I'm going to block you.


You must have missed our expressed opinions of authors and/or publishers reviewing their own books in the manner you did. You can promote your book and call it the best ever, innovative, etc., but to review it in the way you did is tacky and, to my mind, dishonest.


Successful author/publishers listen to their community. They build relationships that have nothing to do with selling their book and everything to do with everything books. They make friends and build a network and when they launch a new book guess who is there for them?


But I'm not going to tell you how to run your business except to say, run it somewhere else not in my feed, not in my email.


Very shortly you might find yourself distressingly alone here or at least with fewer followers than you have now, 68 at the moment. I hope my little note will help you understand why. The pity of it is you should have known better to begin with.


Don't even try to excuse yourself.


Mahala Burlingame

38 Caliber Reviews

Spare Ammo


P.S. 12 days into 2016 and how much shit has hit the fan already?





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text 2016-01-11 23:51
Going Down Ugly- Jennifer Kacey and EC

Yesterday I posted a notice on .38 with a link to Jennifer Kacey's blog post about requesting readers no longer buy her books at EC and why and what she's going to do next. Today both Illuminite Caliginosus and .38 posted links to Piers Anthony's updated assessment of EC.


Anthony reported a new low in EC's tactics in dodging paying their authors. The sad, sad reality is even without more proof than what Anthony offers very few people don't believe it. After years of doing business in unbusinesslike ways EC has no credibility left with most of the book community.

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text 2016-01-06 00:08

Found this in my twitter feed, in case any blogger here has been recently contacted by a penguin "employee". This is a new sleazy tactic.

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text 2015-10-17 17:18
Re: Amazon Lawsuit against 1,114 fiverr reviewers
 [Text of email I sent to the lawyer who filed the complaint on Amazon's behalf and to the reporter who wrote the article in the Seattle Times about it.  There are two links in the text that may or may not work from this post, but I think anyone here can figure them out.  More later.  -- LAWH]

Amazon lawsuit against 1,114 fiverr reviewers

  • david.bateman@klgates.com
  • jgreene@seattletimes.com
  • Linda A. Hilton


In the interest of full disclosure, I am a seller on Amazon. I have four novels and two non-fiction books published through the Kindle Direct Publishing program, and I am also one of the artisans selling on the new Handmade at Amazon platform.  My Handmade shop is Arizona Angel Feathers.
Amazon.com: Arizona Angel Feathers: Handmade
I've been a rock hound since early childhood. Moving to Arizona from the Midwest in 1985 allowed me to indulge that passion fully, for Arizona truly is a place of r...
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I am also a former member of Goodreads, until I was banned for, apparently, telling the truth about the thousands of bogus reviews on that site.  Yes, thousands.  Goodreads, as you know, is owned by Amazon.
I tried to report the fake reviews to Amazon, but for some reason or other they never did much about them.  I began at least as long ago as June 2014, and possibly a month or so before that.  Though many of the fake reviews were in fact removed from Goodreads, the same reviews remain to this day at Amazon.
After almost a year of researching the fake reviews from fiverr.com that were posted on Amazon and Goodreads and blogging the results of my investigations at Booklikes.com, I posted this in April 2015.
Amazon has always had the ability to stop the fake revie...
Screenshot taken today, 8 April 2015, of the Terms of Service at fiverr.
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I don't expect either of you to reply to me.  Mr. Bateman, you are in Amazon's direct pay and are therefore going to present their interests and do nothing that would hinder their efforts, regardless what the end objective of those efforts might be.  Mr. Greene, you write for a Seattle newspaper, and Amazon is one of the twin gods of the region (the other being Microsoft) so I don't expect you to write, or your publisher to publish, anything critical of Amazon.
But the information is out there.  It's been out there for a very long time.  I'm not an investigative reporter and I don't have access to anything secret or private or confidential.  What information I obtained was readily available to anyone with the time and curiosity to find it.
I have hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of screen shots:  of Amazon reviews, of Goodreads reviews, of fiverr profiles, of fiverr testimonials.  And I have evidence that Amazon has made almost no attempt to protect their own reputation.  Fake reviews have not been removed when Amazon is presented with the evidence. 
I'm going to state that again just to make sure you're understanding clearly.
Amazon has not removed fake reviews even when presented with the evidence that those reviews were written by fiverr members who were advertising that they would post guaranteed 5-star reviews to Amazon, including evidence that those reviews were paid for by the product sellers, evidence that those reviews were posted in violation of Amazon's Terms of Service and Federal Trade Commission regulations.
I've given you a link to just one of my posts on Booklikes.com in which I've documented this information.  You can check out the rest of my posts there, going back to approximately May 2014, for some of the evidence.  I have more.  A lot more.  And I'm not afraid to share it.
I also understand that giving you this information puts myself and my ability to sell on Amazon at risk.  I really and truly don't care.  I was sickened when I first discovered the fake reviews, and I'm still sickened.  Amazon has no integrity.  None.  Except to their own bottom line.
You have my personal email address.  My home physical address is (removed for Booklikes).  My phone number is (removed for Booklikes).  I only answer the phone if I know who's calling, so if your number comes up and I don't answer, you'll have to leave a message or I'll just delete the number from the log.  I'll get back to you.
Linda Ann Wheeler Hilton
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