The New Scam Bilking Readers

On a recommendation, I picked up a that turned out to be 21 (est.) pages for 99c. It was a single erotic scene, lacking much lead-in, a very long scene of affection, and then a cutesy throw-away line at the end.

Character development, plot? We don’ need none of that stuff…

That’s not a criticism…

This is.

318969-amazon-kindle-fireWhen I opened it on the Kindle Fire, there was the title and then several, many, didn’t bother to count but a *lot* of blank pages. I had to move the slider to see if I’d had a bad download or … whatever. And at 323kb total, when I finally found the beginning of the scene I was at 9%.

This is the new scam: put fillers in the front, so many of them that when you finally reach the story bit, you are at the 10% cut-off for Amazon’s KU algorithm to kick in with a payment. I pay (get bilked out of) 99c, Amazon kicks in $1.33 or whatever the “share from the pot is currently” to the author. As a business model? Hmmm.

I call BS here. And I’m getting *really* sick of the market being flooded with chapters being dubbed “books”. Not even chapters… They are “scenes” most times, mostly erotic but not exclusively.

Here’s a thought: how about putting actual word count in the Product Description, instead of the mystifying kilobyte or estimated pages.

I’m to the point where, if I see a “book” (in quotes because how the hell does 21 pages, at least 8 of which are blank, count as a book?) for 99c and it’s in Kindle Unlimited, I don’t even bother to read the blurb. I know what it is—a rip-off (not all, never all, but enough I’ve been warned off).


How about you, fellow readers, what’s your take on this?


About Nya Rawlyns

Crossing boundaries, taking no prisoners. Write what’s in your soul. It’s the bass beat, the heartbeat, the lyrics rude and true. Nya Rawlyns is the pseudonym of a writer who cut her teeth on sports-themed romantic comedy and historical romances before finding her true calling in the wilderness areas she has visited but calls “home” in that place that counts the most: the heart. She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or two pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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One Response to The New Scam Bilking Readers

  1. Tim Miller (@TimMiller2011) says:

    Your information isn’t quite accurate. If you paid .99 for the book, then it is not under the KU payment system. The author gets a royalty of .34 or whatever. If you borrowed the book on KU then you paid 9.99 a month to download as many as you want for free. That is when the KU payment of 1.35 or whatever kicks in. Also mind you, on the product page it gives you an estimated page count. So there is no reason to be duped into buying a super short book.



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