E-Books On Amazon: Fraudsters Flood Kindle Unlimited And Annoy Authors
Fraudsters minting money off amazon book unlimited service is a big issue. Here we will address the issue as well as discuss potential ways to eliminate it. We will also see how this affects indie writers.
With rise of Kindle Unlimited having Kindle support, amazon had tried to increase reader base and revenue for itself and indie writers. Amazon put tons of content in all you can download section. Users have to pay one time monthly subscription and they can download content of these independent writers for free for whole month.
It was analogous to a prepaid buffet as mentioned by Kindle help. It is also a big success for users presently. Writers too are getting their revenue. However it is now filled with imposters and scammers which is a threat to legitimate writers. Even amazon is not doing much to stop them.
Earlier when payment to authors were made on basis of download count of books by amazon Kindle support, fraudsters manipulated the data base or they broke down their books into multiple books to increase download count. When amazon tried to keep a check on it, they resorted to other methods.
Amazon, via www Kindle com support started to pay on the basis of page count. Whenever you read an e-book, the last page you opened gets synced to amazon servers hence writer gets paid on its basis. The synchronisation is not in real time. It does not sync on which page you are presently.
It only synchronises last page you read as mentioned on Kindle Fire support. Fraudsters started minting money out of it. Amazon has a policy that it will pay on basis of page count for the books which are as long as 3000 pages. Fraudsters started publishing books with garbage values for 3000 pages.
If a user downloads such a book, he or she might be lured to click on some link for more entertaining story or a discount voucher in the book. As books are not linear, we can directly jump to any page we want. That link is nothing more than a click bait.
Once we click on that link, it might take us to last page of the book say 3,000. Amazon servers will synchronise that 3,000 pages have been read hence author will be paid off according to 3,000 page value. This surely makes a dent in amazon’s revenue. It also is a threat to legitimate writers and many times it is addressed in forums on Kindle com support.
If all money is squeezed out of system by these imposters, real indie writers will not get any revenue. There are many great indie writers on the platform and their remuneration will be in jeopardy. Amazon has many methods to deal with it but they are not taking any action.
If they add a script in their code, it shall be done. The script must be assigned a minimum value of time in which a page can be read. Suppose amazon decides that a page can be read in minimum 2 minutes. Now before paying off a writer, amazon can check if his book is of 3,000 pages, has user spent 6,000 minutes minimum to read it? If answer is yes, payment must be made.
This kind of approach will surely decrease the instances of fraudulent. Further, amazon can do page tracking in real time but that would take up much bandwidth and usage of resources. Amazon cannot be blamed since they do not have infinite resources to cope up with problems like these. There will surely be a solution in early future.
By Sandra Harison
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