Scammers Break The Kindle Store

David Gaughran

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.

The Kindle Store is officially broken.

This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.

Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.

I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.

Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…

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Guest Author Anita Kovacevic 

Anita Kovacevic is a multigenre author and teacher. She teaches English as a second language and is a firm believer in storytelling. All of her children’s books (Winky’s Colours, The Good Pirate, Mimi Finds Her Magic and Spikes for Hank) contain positive messages for children and adults who read with them. As a member of an international teaching community, Anita has also contributed to the worldwide charity anti-bullying e-book Inner Giant, which features some of her YA short stories, essays, illustrations and poems.

Anita also writes adult fiction. Her novella The Threshold, romance Average Daydreamer and poetry collection Versus Verses – Feel are available on major purchase sites, and her story contributions are featured in these anthologies: Awethology Light, The December Awethology, Crooked Tales, Twisted Tales, and Looking into the Abyss.

She interviews authors and reviews books of various genres on her wordpress blog, and is one of the reviewers for Readers Review Room.



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