They Stole Your Book! Now What?

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What can you do if you discover that someone has stolen your book? What steps can you take to get the stolen book removed? I share what I did when I found three of my books stolen and put up for sale on Amazon. Topics also covered in this ebook are registering your copyright in the United States, book piracy, and using Smashwords.
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About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin has written seventy romances, ranging from Regencies to historical westerns to contemporaries. She plays with other genres from time to time, but her first love is romance. She has been happily married for eighteen years to a sweet and funny guy, and they have four sons, who are all taller than Ruth now that they're 12, 13, 14, and 16. The good thing is she doesn't need a ladder, and there's always someone to take care of a mouse that squeezes its way into her Montana home. She considers herself very lucky to have led such a charmed life. Being able to play with characters and create stories is just icing on the cake. Hopefully, she'll get to keep doing this many years to come.

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Review by: Simi Chatterjee on July 9, 2017 :
Useful tips.
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Review by: Paul Swearingen on July 6, 2012 :
Very useful information. Thanks so much for making it free; I've posted the URL more than once in response to people who've commented that their book has been pirated and offered for sale.
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Review by: Annalise Grey on June 29, 2012 :
Thank you for this information!
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Review by: K.R. Smith on May 1, 2012 : (no rating)
Very informative and thank you for offering the free advice. I've found my paying ebooks on pirate sites, but not on Amazon. Fingers crossed it won't happen, but thanks to you, I know what to do if it does. In Australia, when I purchase an ISBN for my paperbacks, I can also register them in Catalogue-in-Print with the National Library of Australia. It's a requirement I send in a paperback, but then it's protected under the Australian Copyright Act 1968. This means it's a criminal offence if my work is stolen and I notify the police. I emailed the NSW Police about the pirate sites offering my paying ebooks for free (which the paperbacks are registered) and was told to go to my closest police station to make a formal report.
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Review by: Romana Van Lissum on March 23, 2012 :
Thank you for the handy information on a scary subject. I hope I will never have this problem, but just in case I ever find myself needing help, I will refer to this informative book. Thank you for sharing!
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Review by: Dawn Michelle on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Thank you! Sadly, I found your book because I needed it to protect my own. Your advice and instructions were clear and to the point. I am also very grateful for the template. I'm only sorry that you had to take the time to write such a book.
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Review by: Jan Gordon on Jan. 2, 2012 : (no rating)
I wish you'd written this earlier last year. My FREE Smashwords book was stolen and put on Amazon for sale in June of 2011. It took me a long time to get it taken down because Amazon didn't deign to reply to my emails. And then once they did act and removed it they sent my contact details to the thief.

The thief denied stealing my book and swore that his account had been hacked. He then stalked me via email for a couple of months before finally giving up.

Thank you for publishing this book, hopefully it will allow other authors to get Amazon to act more quickly than they did in my case.
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Review by: Nicky Charles on Jan. 2, 2012 :
Thank you for publishing this well-written and easy to follow book! A friend of yours recommended it when she saw on FB that 3 of my books had been stolen and were for sale on Amazon. I've used your letter template and am now waiting for an answer.
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