The Scammer Shit #Amazon Ignores

These are the times that try my soul.

Amazon Scammers - Hot Takes Scamazon  CopypasteCris A picture of a young depressed woman tearing out her hair over white background

I mean, it’s not like Amazon hasn’t been made aware. Readers complained about long before I said anything.

Readers have complained via reviews, although they thought the problem was plagiarism, not just lazy assholes looking to make easy money by conning readers, cheating the system, using dishonest business practices by packaging a book as new even though it’s been pubbed 1x, 2x, 3x already, using reader farms where the people involved will review the same book each time it’s released under a different name & cover, they don’t ever reveal that either.

Amazon always talks about how customer-centric they are, which is bullshit, because they’ve ignored customer complaints about this. They’ve also gone on record and openly stated they do have ways of tracking duplicate content…so, yeah, they could totally stop this bullshit. They just choose not to. When did they admit this…?? Well, if you’ve been following along with the #CopyPasteCris saga, you know that Nora Roberts filed suit against Cris Serruya in Brazil last week. In the US World News and Report article, Amazon gave a statement.

Amazon said that it takes “violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously.”

We use a combination of teams of investigators and automated technology to prevent and catch the vast majority of bad actors who attempt to violate our policies before they publish,” the statement reads. “In the rare instance where one gets through, we investigate and remove violating books. Additionally, all Kindle product pages contain a link for anyone to flag suspicious titles and the team investigates all titles that are flagged.” -US News and Report

Bold type is mine. And to these comments, I must say… oh, rly?

Do they not consider people who deceive readers by distributing rehashed book content and selling as new to be the product of bad actors?

I guess not. It’s all about the almighty dollar for Amazon. BTW, there was an update yesterday about the plagiarism case… La Nora won the first round against Cris Serruya.

So, about the regurgitated titles. Amazon has admitted they have ways of tracking duplicate content. I’m almost positive I’ve had to clarify rights on backlist books even after they’ve out of print/unavailable as ebooks, so Amazon shouldn’t have issues addressing these rehashed, recycled works.

After a certain sort of shit was raised, Amazon removed a few titles that were posted to my blog, but not all of them. It’s like they’re acting all unaware of how pervasive the problem is, even though I’ve written several times over, CCing each letter to legal as well as Jeff Bezos. Nah, it’s not like I expect Bezos to really pay much attention, but you’d think legal would, as these asses are using Amazon’s platform to cheat & lie to readers, and they are dancing fast and loose with the FTC’s laws about truth in advertising laws.

There are still a ton of books up for sale on Amazon. I can list scads in the badboy/mc romance trope categories alone. Rumor has it there are problems in historical as well, but I can’t check and look at everything, so that’s up to others to look at and report on and raise hell about.

First, let me point out again that I didn’t stumble onto all of this going on on my own. I saw images of the recycled content by twitter users who no longer want to be involved and I started digging from there.

And…WOW. Did I strike a payload of horseshit. It was so much horseshit, I was drowning in it and enlisted Claire Ryan, the lovely lady who put together an algorithm that detects duplicate content, handy for plagiarism… and regurgitated ebooks. I also asked for help from a couple of dedicated readers, a rather brilliant vet and somebody who specializes in security & investigations. Once they got involved, a lot of shit started turning up, and some of it, I can’t go into, because it ties into something some other parties are looking at.

But this book regurgitation crap? Yep. I’m talking about it. So… these… ‘companies’… These are the umbrellas I’ve referenced before when I mentioned that there are pen names being used to sell uploaded content that has been sold & resold. We’ve been calling them author groups and there are three connected at this point.

ETA: The tables below went a little wonky, so I think I’ll just post a link to the modified google sheets doc I’ll be sharing with RWA. Here you go. Read to your hearts content. If you want to post it, please email me first.

Nick Sopris, Sopris Press, Linked In Page, Screenshot

I stumbled across the first one when i found a book on overdrive via an image search.

May I present Sopris Page Press.

How did I find this? As I said…Overdrive.

They’ve got an entire catalog over there.

Check it out.

Screenshot - Overdrive - Sopris Press

I very excitedly told Claire about this,and she quickly connected the dots on more. Like eBook Publishing World.

eBook Publishing World Publisher  · OverDrive  Rakuten OverDrive   eBooks  audiobooks and videos for libraries

Of course… the people behind eBook Publishing World seem to be slowly transitioning their books into a new ‘publishing’ company.

There are really just a couple of guys–yes, guys, behind it, which makes sense, because a lot of the book blurbs come off as misogynistic or nothing but pure sexualization of women as little more than playthings–things like, his cock is tearing my world apart and lots of I’m going to bend her over or I’ll give her something to swallow. Sure, I get that works for some women, but it’s an ongoing theme with a lot of these and it’s unsurprising at all to find that the people running this circus are a couple of guys who don’t know jack shit about the premise of respecting the readership or romance in general.

Of course, some are just written with the intent to come over as very dark, and readers will read them and end up like… *What the hell…that’s not the story the blurb promised…*

Anyway, the new group is run by the same guys associated with Sopris Page Press per corporate filings, Max Budovskiy – director/co-founder & Brett Hanson – director/co-founder. Let me present MBK Hanson, Inc.

MBK Hanson Inc Publisher · OverDrive Rakuten OverDrive eBooks audiobooks and videos for libraries

They’ve got a lot of ‘author’ names to spread amongst themselves, and some we haven’t connected to regurgitated books.

Those that have been connected?

Confirmed Group 1 – Sopris Page PressFB Page
April Lusthttps://www.facebook.com/April-Lust-658951187635816/
Heather Westhttps://www.facebook.com/heatherwestbooks/
Nina Parkhttps://www.facebook.com/ninaparkauthor/
Zoey Parkerhttps://www.facebook.com/thezoeyparker
Sophia Grayhttps://www.facebook.com/sophiagraybooks/
Lexi Crosshttps://www.facebook.com/authorlexicross/
Ashley Hallhttps://www.facebook.com/ashleyhallbooks/
Leah Wildehttps://www.facebook.com/authorleahwilde/
Ellen Harperhttps://www.facebook.com/ellenharperbooks/
Callie Piercehttps://www.facebook.com/authorcalliepierce/
Confirmed Group 2 – Ebook Publishing World –
Paula Coxhttps://www.facebook.com/paulacoxauthor/
Evelyn Glasshttps://www.facebook.com/Evelyn-Glass-914421775332678/
Jenny Jax
Kathryn ThomasPublishing in 2015
Claire St. Rosehttps://www.facebook.com/Claire-St-Rose-296621220753015
Vivian GrayPublishing in 2015
Clara WoodPublishing in 2015
Sophia HamptonPublishing in 2015
Confirmed Group 3 – MBK Hanson Inc
Naomi West
Nicole Fox

And the book list… these are books we’ve verified are recycled. Older books list the GR profile. Newer ones are on Amazon.

This shit is ridiculous. If these stooges want to use this model to package and repackage, the least they can do is make it clear these are republished books. And Amazon should require that.

Pub Author Name Book Title Link
January 2016 Alyssa Alpha Wanted Dead or Alive https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28526696-wanted—dead-or-alive?from_search=true
March 2016 Marci Fawn Outlaw’s Baby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29478847-outlaw-s-baby
February 2019 N. Alleman/J. Chase The Biker’s Baby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43864485-the-biker-s-baby
April 2016 Marci Fawn Boxer Beast https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29934530-boxer-beast
June 2018 N. Alleman/J. Chase The Beast’s Baby https://www.amazon.com/Beasts-Baby-N-Alleman-ebook/dp/B07F2KMXBQ
December 2016 Jenny Jax Broken https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33620636-broken
February 2019 Paula Cox Unprotected https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NZ1DS2M/
February 2018 Heather West Kingpin’s Baby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38398998-kingpin-s-baby
October 2018 Zoey Parker Filthy https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JCHPB76
May 2016 Ellen Harper Rafe https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30224502
March 2017 Heather West Monster https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34656335-monster
Feb 2019 April Lust Savage Vow https://www.amazon.com/Savage-Vow-Motorcycle-Romance-Anarchys-ebook/dp/B07NQJXHVD
April 2016 Ada Stone Wed to the Devil https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29807166-wed-to-the-devil
March 2018 Heather West Unleashed https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39335017-unleashed
November 2018 April Lust Hellfire https://www.amazon.com/Hellfire-Motorcycle-Club-Romance-Lions-ebook/dp/B07KBG3QY9
February 2016 Zoey Parker A Secret Vow https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29406536-a-secret-vow
October 2018 April Lust Mortar https://www.amazon.com/Mortar-Motorcycle-Romance-Inked-Angels-ebook/dp/B07J9HVF3Q
October 2016 Ada Stone Raw https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32702819-raw
May 2017 Sophia Gray Mine https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35054751-mine
June 2018 Zoey Parker The Devil’s Blaze https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40506230-the-devil-s-blaze
February 2019 Heather West Lawless https://www.amazon.com/Lawless-Motorcycle-Club-Romance-Riders-ebook/dp/B07NZ1MDXV
July 2016 Evelyn Glass King https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31183408-king
February 2018 Claire St. Rose Hands Off My Child https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQWVSB6/
February 2018 Claire St. Rose Hands Off My Wife https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B42FJ25
February 2018 Claire St. Rose Hands Off My Chopper https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQWJ1X2/
Feb 2019 Evelyn Glass Thrust https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NZ1N98R
May 2017 Paula Cox Breaker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35158463-breaker
June 2017 Zoey Parker Unchained https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35486207-unchained
September 2018 April Lust Carter https://www.amazon.com/Carter-Motorcycle-Romance-Metal-Monsters-ebook/dp/B07HR1PW6M
July 2016 Zoey Parker Overdosed https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31179170-overdosed
April 2018 Heather West Teacher’s Pet https://www.amazon.com/Teachers-Pet-Secret-Romance-Bikers-ebook/dp/B07C8NTXYP
March 2016 Zoey Parker Monster https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457331-monster
April 2018 Heather West Trapped https://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Wicked-Angels-Heather-West-ebook/dp/B07BWHJ9MK
July 2017 Zoey Parker His Plaything https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35703110-his-plaything
December 2017 Sophia Gray The Baby Pact https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37715527-the-baby-pact
May 2018 April Lust Reckless Ink https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D6Y2L67
February 2017 Heather West Inked https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34429754-inked
December 2017 Sophia Gray His Branded Bride https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37481808-his-branded-bride
September 2018 Nina Park Rebel https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HQQFMFM
October 2016 Heather West Leather and Liquor https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32777332-leather-and-liquor
September 2018 April Lust Rough as Sin https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H8L37MM
February 2018 Sophia Gray The Baby Bump https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38663276-the-baby-bump
April 2018 Naomi West He Doesn’t Care https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39884757-he-doesn-t-care
February 2019 Nicole Fox Owen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQNC739/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_z0sPCbV71770P
Feb 2017 Callie Pierce Bad Influence https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34195092-bad-influence
Jun 2017 Heather West Bound to Him https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35429506-bound-to-him
April 2018 Sophia Gray Outlaw’s Sins https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40024175-outlaw-s-sins
January 2019 Zoey Parker Ruthless https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MWFG8JR
April 2019 Heather West Bought https://www.amazon.com/Bought-Mafia-Romance-Hanley-Family-ebook/dp/B07QFBKCG8
June 2018 April Lust Ruthless Ink https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Ink-Romance-Hanley-Desires/dp/1983214108
May 2017 Zoey Parker Unprotected https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35106404-unprotected
2014? Glenn Hefley Lords of Fire https://www.wattpad.com/story/58017481-lords-of-fire-mc-mc-romance-thriller-complete
2014 Carmen Faye Devil Knights Trilogy https://www.goodreads.com/series/144103-devil-knights-mc
November 2018 Paula Cox Illicit https://www.amazon.com/Illicit-Motorcycle-Romance-Devil-Knights-ebook/dp/B07KYVDVFJ
June 2017 Zoey Parker Untamed https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35383974-untamed
December 2018 April Lust Dirty Package https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Package-Romance-April-Lust-ebook/dp/B07M95S46F
February 2018 Zoey Parker Don’t Touch My Baby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38527794-don-t-touch-my-baby
October 2018 April Lust Brawn https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Package-Romance-April-Lust-ebook/dp/B07M95S46F
July 2018 Vivian Gray Born Sinner https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40786230-born-sinner
April 2019 Evelyn Glass Blade https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC8WTNL/
April 2018 Vivian Gray Devil https://www.amazon.com/dp/1980975787
March 2019 Evelyn Glass Sold https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PGW97XN/
December 2016 Evelyn Glass & K. Thomas Hands Off https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33382217-hands-off
March 2018 Paula Cox Dirty Don https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39337012-dirty-don
March 2019 Kathryn Thomas Jasper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q2DWT9Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_4KtQCbBFRZMCY
Harper Riley Baby Mine https://www.scribd.com/book/383654394/Baby-Mine-Dark-Dirty-A-Secret-Baby-Romance
April 2018 Paula Cox Overpossessive https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40010258-overpossessive
October 2018 Evelyn Glass Rough https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42182725-rough
August 2017 Claire St. Rose Devil’s Property https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35966321.Devil_s_Property_The_Faithless_MC
January 2018 Paula Cox Our Surprise Baby https://www.amazon.com/Our-Surprise-Baby-Motorcycle-Romance-ebook/dp/B078WZ1MFF
January 2018 Paula Cox Our Surprise Wedding https://www.amazon.com/Our-Surprise-Wedding-Motorcycle-Romance-ebook/dp/B07HMKT2XQ/
January 2018 Paula Cox Our Surprise Family https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HMHDXMY?
October 2017 Paula Cox Griffin https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36392061.GRIFFIN_Lost_Disciples_MC
March 2019 Kathryn Thomas Bad Boy/Lost Disciples https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QD1FHXM
May 2016 Carmen Faye Dare wthheld, proof is on a pirate site.
September 2017 Paula Cox Dax https://www.amazon.com/Dax-Fighter-Romance-Sucker-Punch-ebook/dp/B075YRL9HC/
June 2017 Paula Cox Outlaw Daddy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35433050-outlaw-daddy
January 2018 Evelyn Glass Dirty Daddy’s Sins https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HNC91L5
January 2018 Evelyn Glass Dirty Daddy https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078WYRJS5
January 2018 Evelyn Glass Dirty Daddy’s Oath https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HNDZYCW
January 2016 Evelyn Glass Play Dirty https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28459590-play-dirty
May 2017 Paula Cox Biker Daddy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35270438-biker-daddy
November 2017 Claire St. Rose Biker’s Child https://www.amazon.com/Bikers-Child-Motorcycle-Romance-Disciples-ebook
November 2017 Claire St. Rose Bad Boy’s Child https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Boys-Child-Motorcycle-Disciples-ebook/dp/B07KY1YS3T/
November 2017 Claire St. Rose Outlaws Child https://www.amazon.com/Outlaws-Child-Motorcycle-Romance-Disciples-ebook/dp/B07KY21KKD
2019?? Liana Ward Dirty https://books.google.com/books?id=MtZFDwAAQBAJ
July 2017 Heather West Pleasing Him https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35830971-pleasing-him
May 2018 Zoey Parker The Devil’s Vow https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40057507-the-devil-s-vow
February 2019 Sophia Gray Accidental Wife https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Wife-Motorcycle-Romance-Silent-ebook/dp/B07NGYP5WQ/
September 2015 Evelyn Glass Force https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26848927-force
January 2019 Kathryn Thomas Corrupted https://www.amazon.com/Corrupted-Motorcycle-Romance-Blacktop-Sinners-ebook/dp/B07N98LSZF
October 2017 April Lust Beast https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36479107-beast
November 2018 Zoey Parker Devil https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Motorcycle-Romance-Renegade-Reapers-ebook/dp/B07KSHJB5B
June 2017 April Lust Wrecked https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35486204-wrecked
July 2018 Zoey Parker Rock Hard/Inked Alphas https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G3KKRWD
June 2018 Zoey Parker The Devil’s Chopper https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40626364-the-devil-s-chopper
March 2019 Heather West Cold https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PWGWX4R
Nov 2017 Kathryn Thomas Bo’s Baby https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5046944-debbie
July 18 Claire St Rose Wild and Free https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40696166-wild-free
March 2019 Evelyn Glass Vicious https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PVKL56S/
October 2017 Naomi West Crave https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36437779-crave
June 2018 Nicole Fox Ciro’s Promise https://www.amazon.com/Ciros-Promise-Romance-Santora-Collection-ebook/dp/B07DRM74HC?
November 2018 Naomi West Dark Killer https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42838073-dark-killer
February 2019 Nicole Fox Enzo https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PC1LPXW
October 2017 Naomi West Knocked Up By The Biker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36514748-knocked-up-by-the-biker?
Feburary 2019 Nichole Fox Made to Survive https://www.amazon.com/Made-Survive-Motorcycle-Romance-Ancestors-ebook
April 2017 Heather West Consumed https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34885740-consumed
January 2018 April Lust The Devil’s Bride https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079G77Z44
April 2018 Vivian Gray Devil https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39940039-devil
November 2018 Paula Cox Overdose https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42627230-overdose
March 2019 Evelyn Glass Sold https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PGW97XN
October 2017 Nicole Fox Mobster’s Baby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36392787-mobster-s-baby
March 2019 Naomi West Nico https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PDSZ8X9
November 2017 Naomi West Pistol’s Baby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36598077-pistol-s-baby
Jubne 2018 Nicole Fox Sold as 3 part series https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F44ZMT3?
The Brethren https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07M717VVF
November 2018 Heather West Stripped https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42622054-stripped
March 2019 Zoey Parker Anton https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PPPHMHY
April 2018 Nicole Fox Ride ‘Til Dawn https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39935891-ride-til-dawn
October 2018 Naomi West Rampage https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K271D8M
March 2016 Kathryn Thomas Storm https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29601699-storm
January 2019 Paula Cox Tear Her Apart https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N2TRN1L
November 2017 Claire St Rose Biker Daddy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36561215-biker-daddy
January 2019 Paula Cox Hellraiser https://www.amazon.com/Hellraiser-Motorcycle-Club-Romance-Chain-ebook/dp/B07MQF978J
July 2015 Kathryn Thomas Gone https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25837892-gone
March 2019 Evelyn Glass Ripped https://www.amazon.com/Ripped-Motorcycle-Club-Romance-Judah-ebook/dp/B07NGNP4LX/
June 2017 Sophia Gray Filled https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35432810-filled
March 2018 April Lust Forbidden https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BR8YR9R
March 2018 April Lust Outlawed https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N6NYLVR/
March 1 April Lust Banned https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N6NYLVT
September 2018 Nina Park Sinful https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41640283-sinful
January 2019 April Lust Dirty Business https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MWCLDYX
January 2016 Carmen Faye Brute https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28528964-brute
September 2017 Kathryn Thomas My Protector https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36272801-my-protector
March 2019 Paula Cox Overprotective https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CGPCJ11
March 2019 Paula Cox Overprotective Biker https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PY4WBJV/
March 2019 Paula Cox Overprotective Outlaw https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q243ZGC/
July 2018 Nicole Fox Breaker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874932-breaker
April 2019 Vivian Gray Drake https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QGGQ9RK

Amazon has been made aware. Extensively. But frankly, they don’t seem to care that these yahoos who have no respect for the romance industry, for the craft of writing or creativity, or the readership are misleading readers or abusing the KDP system which is harming other authors.

It’s bullshit.

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