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    Kindle Unlimited Becoming a Goldmine for Scam Artists

    Interesting article. Kindle Unlimited Becoming a Goldmine for Scam Artists

    The scammers get paid when a reader reaches 10% in a book. With only 6-7 pages, all the reader has to do is basically open to the first page of the actual story. The front matter takes up at least 9%. They do that, and BAM! The scammer gets their cut of the pot Amazon allocates each month. It was $1.80 per 10% read the first month. I wouldn't doubt that it is higher in August--however, these fake books are eating into that pot and taking away from all legitimate authors directly, as well as indirectly by lost readers who give up on KU.


    It would be like if Netflix had hundreds of one minute 'movies' with many of them being the exact same movie but with a different title. Netflix would not stand for that.
    It only took a month for the scammers to figure out a way to game the system.

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    What did Amazon expect would happen?

    Most smart companies employ hackers and others to figure out how systems can be abused. Either Amazon was too naive to anticipate such abuse or they are truly surprised by it.

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    It's an easy fix. Simply require a certain word or page length. Of course, that doesn't stop the plagiarism, but no one has figured out a way to stop that, either.

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    Get paid for 10% reads but only if a certain percentage of your books are 75% read.

    Why get paid for 10% anyway, they obviously add no value to a reader unless they are looking for a very specific item in a book.

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