Several levels past the bestsellers and adventure titles on Kindle Unlimited, in the darkest regions of the Kindle Direct Publishing market, there are books that are stuffed entirely out of crap designed to make scammers hundreds of dollars a day. One user, Chance Carter, was one of the biggest abusers of the KDP system.
Chance, according to the Digital Reader, would write huge novels by compiling from other books. Carter’s books, which were simple hack jobs written by Fiverr writers, were hundreds upon hundreds of pages long and, on the first page, featured a link to flip to the last page for a free giveaway. Amazon pays authors for both paid downloads as well as for pages read and it doesn’t sense reading speed, just the highest number of pages reached. Therefore Chance’s “readers” were instantly sending him or her about twenty dollars a read.
This sort of KDP scam is actually quite unusual, and you bet your ass Amazon has worked to prevent scams like these from taking cash out of the KDP “pool” – a multi-million dollar account that is passed out to KDP authors – but this one scam was so long-running and ingenious that it took so long to pull these books from the store. Interestingly, the flip-to-end of a book scam doesn’t quite work on newer Kindles, but still works on older, non-updated Kindles which makes it a lucrative scam.
To make matters worse, Chance offered free Tiffany jewelry if you flipped to the end of his books. This was, obviously, against KDP rules.
Carter and his books are gone, but book stuffers like him still exist. While it’s not a crime per se, it does muddy the Kindle ebook selection and brings garbage content into the market. While most of us wouldn’t fall for these cynical tricks, plenty will and that makes it a danger to readers and a boon to scammers.
What do you think about this?