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My Book Has Now Been Stolen Too

Pieces Like Pottery Stolen

It was barely a month ago when my clumsy fingers clunked out a piece on how self published authors were finding their books being ripped off in their entirety. The Atlantic had written a story about the outright stealing of the books of self-published authors, as in, people taking a book and trying to sell it as their own. “It is just another extension of the ongoing battle creativity fights with the monetization of imagination,” I wrote.

I wasn’t surprised by this, particularly given my day job as an Intellectual Property attorney, but I was nonetheless a little astonished by the sheer audacity of it. Still, I felt comfortable that my book would not be in trouble of being threatened by such a plagiaristic intrusion. In fact, I wrote the following in that article:

While I feel confident that my minuscule novel is most likely safe from this kind of attack, partly because it is minuscule and partly because it is literary fiction, which has a readership the size of  the population of Liechtenstein, I still found myself with palpitations of despair.


Boy oh boy was I wrong! Just nine days after I wrote that (9 days?!?!), I was notified by a wonderful reader and fan that they had found my book be hawked for free. It was like that one quote above pissed off some twisted fan and they thought, “Small book?! I’ll show you author! I’m going to steal it now!”

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There it is friends. My book for free. I didn’t authorize it, no sir. But there it is nonetheless. Free of charge.


(Shout out to the lovely Kailei Marie, who immediately emailed me about it when she found it. If you want to read wonderful reviews and content, check out her awesome book review blog Common Book Sense. If you want to maintain your false sense of security and importance in this indie book world, don’t check out Kailei’s awesome blog. You will quickly wonder how she has such a wonderful blog at the young age of 15. I did and have questioned myself ever since.)


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Kailei had found Pieces Like Pottery being given away for free through a Google doc.

I notified Google of the infringement immediately, and Kailei did too. I have yet to hear anything from Google about it (no surprise), but the Google doc is no longer accessible to me. It has now been locked and is available only to approved users.

Maybe Google is behind this. Maybe the doc is no longer accessible because they heard my complaint and removed it. Maybe, but I doubt it. I think it’s more likely that “the offenders” have simply blocked me from seeing the Google doc link. The book is still being pushed for free on their site.

(Yes, I realize I just publicized a link for an illegal site to access my book for free, but this is about the principal of it, not the money of it. If you’re looking to avoid paying a cup of coffee for my book, you and the site are made for each other.)

While I don’t believe my book in any way is making this site tons of money, I still am left wondering how much they are affecting my ability to become a legitimate indie author in the current book market.
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Nearly 5 stars from nearly 10,000 readers! Bogus? Probably. But hell, I’d take a tenth of those readers.

Before you start screaming to me that it’s a scam and those 10,000 reviews aren’t real, I know. Save your breath. I fully realize that there’s not 10,000 lost readers out there. Look at these garbage fake reviews for my book for crying out loud.

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OMG, Jenny! You’re so welcome for all these Pieces Like Pottery. You should feel so lucky that you also have access to all these Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabans!


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Pieces Like Pottery is your most wanted ebook, Markus?! I don’t mean to insult my readers- I love all of you- but cmon man! There’s so many other ebooks to covet!


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Dap it, Hun, but do it under the table so no one sees. You’re so cool. You’re a stud. I’m sure all the girls want to sleep with you because you can get a free copy of Pieces Like Pottery. All the guys must be so jelly.


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Whoa whoa whoa. Georgina. Sweetie. Cmon. What don’t you understand? This isn’t advanced calculus. No one presented you with the equity premium puzzle. This is pretty simple. Martin explained it well. Actually, Martin probably explained it in too much detail even. She could have stopped at, “Just click.” That would have been enough. I’m with Ida here, honey. This is simple. It probably takes less than 5 minutes actually.


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This one I actually can’t make fun of. I mean, Lisa was suspicious when she was sent to this “membership site,” but she’s excited now! I can’t stay mad at you, Lisa. Many you’re welcome kisses right back at you.


Does this mean I’ve finally made it as an author? Someone is stealing my book. I hope I don’t get a big head now. My friends are going to be so mad when all this fame and success changes me. Ahhh, screw ’em. Let’s get out of here, Lisa.


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  1. Victor A. Davis

    I think you’ll be very interested in the comments left for my book, hawked free on this site as well: Many kisses, Dan.

    • danburi777

      That’s so cool that they like your book just as much, Victor! It’s uncanny how much they liked both of our books. Eerie how similar their comments are! What a coincidence!

  2. D.M. Barr

    I was told that to search to see if your book is on any pirated sites, you can search here:

  3. Marie Lavender

    Dan, if you scroll down the page, there is a button that says ‘DMCA’ (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Click on that. If you fill out the contact form (there’s a link on that page), tell them you are the author and have all rights, that they have no legal reason to be posting your book on their site without permission, you will usually get a response from them that they have removed it. Those buttons are there so that they don’t get in trouble for this kind of stuff. Anyway, it’s worth a shot. Anytime I’ve discovered this happening with my books, I do the same, or in the case of the books with my publisher, I tell my EIC and she gets right on it. I wouldn’t have known about this option if it hadn’t been for her. As soon as our books are published, they are essentially copyrighted, though it doesn’t hurt to file one officially either.

    We can’t keep all pirates from doing crap like this, but we can do what’s within our power when we do stumble across a problem. I hope this helps.

    • danburi777

      Good suggestion, Marie! I took some other steps as well, but failed to notice that DMCA link. Thanks!

  4. Josephine Brooks

    I’ve had this happen too. I’ve filed complaints with these sites, but it’s like whack-a-mole. I usually take it a few steps further and register a complaint with their web host and their domain registrar. Since this one’s web host is some place in Russia, I’m wouldn’t hold my breath. But if they get enough complaints, maybe they’ll do something. Their web host is They don’t have a DMCA link like a legitimate web host would, so try submitting a ticket under “abuse” at their support interface.

    An easy way to see where any site is hosted is to go to Just type in the offending url and it will tell you who is hosting them. To find the registrar you can do a whois search on or some place similar. I try to find any email I can related to the website and send a cease and desist notice. This site you linked to has this lovely email as a contact: Good luck.

    • danburi777

      Thanks for the grey advice, Josephine! I appreciate that. I just chalk it up to the cost of being a creator in the internet age. Pirating won’t be solved by me complaining about my book being stolen, so I just deal with it.

  5. Ellen DuBois

    Just ran into the same thing. Reported it to Google…let’s see what happens. I’m about to look for my other book and am hoping I don’t find it. I guess it’s pointless to ask myself- who does this kind of crap? It’s sad and I feel ticked off. I get how so many things can be pirated on the Internet. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t fight it. I will.

    Glad you posted this.

  6. Michael Walker

    I just found out my book is on this site, also. I found it through a Google doc created by .

    Here is the doc I found:

    I moved the doc file to my personal Google Drive folder, and that’s where I found that email address. There’s a link in the doc that goes to a page like the one above. I have all those same fake comments.

  7. Eddie

    I found out in 2016, my book Frozen Like Water was stolen as well. # years later, They’re still using m book to promote a membership. Was your book ever removed from the site? If so, how did you do it?

    • danburi777

      Nothing much you can do in that situation, Eddie. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth. Trying to contact the site administrator is about all you can do, but it’s unlikely they’ll respond and it could make things worse depending on how vindictive they may be.

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