I want to make sure this potential new nom will be something that people want, and that it is up to snuff. So, I want to pick a handful of people to ship a sample to in order to ensure it ships well and tastes great and is good enough for all…
Ten kinds of stabby, people. All should follow Wheaton’s Rule. Down with the greedy thief who took advantage of Ruth’s time, hard work, and generosity in putting together such an amazing collection for free. (Not to mention countless unsuspecting customers who PAID for it.)
On March 1, 2011, I released a free eBook of the complete works of Lovecraft in EPUB and MOBI formats. On March 21, 2011, someone uploaded a copy of the MOBI file (with a different cover and missing the intro) started selling it on Amazon. I didn’t discover this until June 18th, 2011, by which time it had achieved a 5-star rating and a good sales rank. I am very disappointed and wish to a) outline proofs to back up my assertion that this is the eBook I created and b) clarify a few points regarding the eBook’s distribution (and c) talk about my feelings on the subject).
That’s the setup. After you’ve read this and seen my supporting evidence, I hope you’ll go over to Amazon and up-vote the negative reviews which people have already left for the book. There are plenty, so we probably don’t need more. I’m taking formal steps to have it taken down, but in the meantime those reviews may help others find the original eBook and keep them from being defrauded. The more up-votes, the better.
My goal in all of this is not to make money off of the eBook and despite my disappointment I will not be taking it down as a free download on my site (because it turns out we can have nice things). My only goal is to stop someone else from making money off of the countless hours I put into creating it. It’s an odd kind of reverse-piracy, like taking a free MP3 album an artist has uploaded to their website and selling it as one’s own.
I have this eBook, which I downloaded from Ruth’s site. It’s amazing, and brilliantly put together. I love that she made it.
Whoever took it and put it on Amazon for sale is a piece of shit. Sharing is one thing, but profiting from the hard work of others — especially when that hard work was done out of love and explicitly not for profit — makes me ten kinds of stabby.