Has Your eBook Been Pirated? What To Do: Step 1

Pirated ebooks are a headache and a hot-button issue for nearly every author (myself included!), and dealing with the pirate sites can be frustrating. This article was prepared by Kathryn Miller Goldman, Esq., in hopes we can help make the process to remove them clear.

PIRATE_OpMolly found some of her books available for free download on a pirate site outlet and asked me how to handle the situation.

Today, I’m going to share with you the first step in the process of having illegal free downloads removed from an unauthorized site.

Locating your work on piracy sites

Molly’s books were found on a website called General eBooks. The ebooks that were being offered for free download were Blog It, Mark of the Loon, Paint Me Gone, and Rapunzel. Rapunzel is the previous title for The Last Fairytale with a different cover.

As you would expect with a site that is designed to profit from the theft of the work of others, it is set up in a deceptive way while appearing to comply with US Copyright Law. Here’s an annotated screen shot of the page on which Molly’s ebook Blog It was found:

Note that below the cover image, there is a red bar for Reporting Copyright Violations. Beneath that is the description of the book with the ISBN followed by a gray box with “Official links & book stores.” These are links that take you directly to Kobo, or Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

This is deceptive because there would be no need to report a copyright violation if the links for the sale of the books are only to legitimate booksellers.

People who are looking for free downloads will look further down the page. As an author policing the Internet for unauthorized piracy of your book, you need to look further, too. Beneath the legitimate links to Kobo is a blue link that says, “GET BOOK.” This is the link to the illegal download. If you don’t scroll far enough down the page, you may not notice this unauthorized link.

I clicked on this link and saved the URL, but did not download the book. The root of the URL was not general-ebooks.com, it was another domain altogether. Each of Molly’s four books appeared on a similar page on General eBooks. You can see the cross reference to two of Molly’s other books on the right side of the screen shot above.

Mark of the Loon did not appear on the left side of the page because it had been removed by the time I took the screen shot. Paint Me Gone appears twice because it was entered into the database once as Paint Me Gone and once as Paint Me Gone (Gen Delacourt Mystery #3). As far as this site knows, they are two different books.

Reporting the copyright infringement

General eBooks is based in Washington State and is subject to US laws. With Molly’s authorization, I used the Report Copyright Infringement button on the page for each book using the following text:

The eBook Blog It is protected by United States copyright law. The copyright is owned by the author Molly Greene. I have been authorized to advise you that free downloads are a violation of copyright law and an infringement of her copyright. Remove all free downloads of this book from your website, any related URLs and databases immediately otherwise the appropriate legal steps will be taken.

Kathryn Miller Goldman, Esq.
Goldman & Minton, P.C.
1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2300
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 783-7575
kgoldman ‘at’ charmcitylegal.com

Image-2_Contact-Us-Reply_OpAfter submitting the infringement report, this message appeared:
Within two days, I received three identical emails from [email protected], which read:

Thanks for your report!
Links was removed.
Kindly yours.

The links had not been removed immediately, however. It took another day or two for the links to come off the site.

A search for Molly Greene on General eBooks now shows nothing (although it took a few days after the infringement report). A search for Greene, Molly returns an entry for Blog It. Clicking on the link takes you to the Kobo sales page. Mark of the Loon, Rapunzel, and Paint Me Gone are no longer on the site at all.

But wait … it isn’t over yet

The content of the confirmation email, as short as it was, lead me to believe that the story isn’t over.

General eBooks may have removed the illegal download links from their site, but there is no mention in the email that the URLs where the illegal downloads can be found were disabled, or that Molly’s books were removed from the database where they are being stored. Sure enough, when I copy those URLs into my browser, Molly’s books are still available for illegal free download.

General eBooks was not hosting the unauthorized ebooks, only linking to them. Illegal links to Molly’s books can pop up again on another pirate outlet site. Research into the URLs hosting Molly’s books reveals that the domain is owned by an Israeli company and is hosted by a Canadian ISP. More work has to be done to strip Molly’s books from the database hosted by that ISP and I hope to report back to you on how that went in another post.

Guarding against piracy requires vigilance. You should set up Google Alerts for your titles and your name to help you keep track of where your work is appearing, both legitimately and illegally.

Kathryn-Goldman_OpKathryn Goldman is an intellectual property attorney who protects writers, artists, filmmakers, and businesses from having their work and art ripped off. Since she’s a lawyer, she has to mention that she’s not *your* lawyer (so this article isn’t technically legal advice), but you’re still invited to download her Digital Artists Rip-Off Report. You can also follow her on Twitter @KathrynGoldman.

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131 Responses to Has Your eBook Been Pirated? What To Do: Step 1

  1. Lori L. Clark December 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    I had a company working to take them down for me for awhile, but it was like beating a dead horse. For every one that came down, ten more went up in its place.

    If you doubt that, just do a google search for your book title with your author name and see how many times you’ll find it out there on the torrent web sites.

    Torrent is THE WORST.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm #


      I understand your frustration. But it is not a *dead* horse. It’s a nasty, live, biting, flea-invested horse.

      The next step in the battle is to take action with the search engines so the pirate sites don’t float to the top of the search engine result pages. I hope to revisit that issue next month with another post on Molly’s blog.

      Most bona fide customers won’t dig down through pages of results for pirate sites and will buy your books from the legitimate sites at the top of the results pages. That’s the goal.

      Thanks for your comment.


      • Molly Greene December 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

        Great point, Kathryn – when I saw Lori’s comment I Googled one of my books + name and have gone through five pages of results, not one a pirate site. Will cross my fingers & knock on wood that’s the case going forward, too.

    • Tracy March 26, 2015 at 4:47 am #

      I also found my books available without permission on e-book download.net

  2. Karen Taylor December 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    My blog was pirated at this site news.sysmaya.net. Every time I post it appears there. As you explained, they try to make it seem legitimate by sending readers who click the link back to my site. I think they are using the site to sell ads on the page. In another post by you, you recommended I use a site called whoisit or something like that. I found the email and domain of the pirater, but I don’t live in the US and don’t know if the take down notice you recommended would apply to a non-American. I’d like your advice.

    • Molly Greene December 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

      Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your experience. If you’re asking my advice about constantly hijacked blog posts, I can’t advise you – I’d have to do some research. If you’re asking Kathryn, she’ll reply as she has time, but I am not sure if she can help with a blog-related question. That might be another post!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm #


      I would be happy to help you. The issue of blog post piracy is a little off topic from this post. Sign up for my report, you will then have my contact information and we can take this discussion offline.

      If it looks like something Molly’s readers would be interested in, we can come back and tell them what we did.


      • Molly Greene December 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

        Thanks, Kathryn!

        • Sydney Cade west May 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

          Molly, My books have been pirated at this site.

          It looks legit, but if you search on their main page for a book, that book will come up on a download page on their site. I have screenshots of all my books appearing there. I emailed them and asked that they remove them ASAP. They have responded that they will. We”ll see.

          I stay logged in on their site but as ‘unpaid,’ so I can’t download the book. They charge $3.00 for a temp trial and if not canceled, the fee for joining their site (for unlimited downloads apparently) is $40.00 a month.

          I don’t know how many books they can pull up and download. Trouble is, they’re located in London, but the download site that I would use seems to be in the USA. More than half a dozen countries are listed and you choose the one where you live. What a racket!

          • Molly Greene May 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

            Hi Sydney, I Googled “Is brilliantdownload legit?” and found a page of reviews here that say the site doesn’t actually have the book, they’re just making money off people who give them their credit card numbers.

    • Phil December 10, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      It’s called Scraping. Make sure your feed only gives Summaries of your posts and not the full posts. They most likely are using your feed to duplicate your posts and if your feed gives full posts, you are supplying it to them. Use the summary and a direct link saying “This content was stolen from Name of your blog. You can read the post at URL of your blog.” Then consider it free advertising. Be sure to disown the links from them in Google.

      Find the name of their host and file a complaint with the host. To do that you need to google the blog name.

      If you google “Blog Scraping” you will find out more info and how to protect yourself.

  3. Alison Holt December 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi there. Well, all of my books are on that site. They are
    1. Credo’s Hope
    2. Credo’s Legacy
    3. The Door at the Top of the Stairs
    4. The Spirit Child

    I have found them on other piracy sites before, but honestly, when I started fighting to get them off, I got the run around and figured my time was more valuable writing than fighting them. I would love to see this site shut down, and I would love to get compensation (no matter how little) for the books they have illegally given to people for free.

    This is a good post, Molly. Thanks, and thanks to Lori as well

    • Alison Holt December 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      Oops, I meant thank you to Katherine (you too Lori 🙂

      • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm #


        Now that I have your contact information, I will be in touch with you offline to coordinate removal of your books from General eBooks.


  4. Kimber Leigh Wheaton December 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I was astonished (wouldn’t that be nice… but no… I was unsurprised) to find all three of my titles on general ebooks: Shadow Fire, Stolen Moon, and Tortured Souls. It’s a tad amusing since my publisher is so keen on DRM, no Netgalley, etc. My two traditional pubbed titles are right there with my self-pubbed title.

    Thanks for the timely information. I search Google periodically for signs of pirates, but I’d never heard of general ebooks. It’s so frustrating. I review books and won’t even share a review copy with my son. How can people justify downloading content for free?

    Anyway, I signed up for your Rip-Off report and would appreciate any help you can provide to get my titles removed from the site. I just wish it wasn’t like a hydra… cut off one head and two grow back.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Kimber Leigh,

      I will be happy to approach General eBooks on your behalf. Now that I have your contact information I will be in touch offline to coordinate.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Kimber Leigh,

      As of today, the free download links to all of your books have been removed.

      Keep monitoring the site, though. They have this nasty habit of reappearing.


  5. Benjamin Swanton December 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Dear Kathryn,

    Thank you for your blog post and your intentions regarding an intervention upon pirating websites.
    My second novel and first published is indeed on the General eBooks pirate site.
    The title is ‘Flower for your Troubles’ and it is written under a pseudonym, Dulcinea Temple. It was published via the UK’s ebookpartnership in April 2013.
    I have not promoted this book but intended a dual promotion with my new novel, Immaculate, of which I am in the early first draft.
    Naivety did not permit me to consider the possibility of pirating, and though the site says no downloads have taken place, clearly I should wish my title removed.
    I now follow you on twitter @beeandtheswan and if you are amenable would welcome email from you regarding the next steps. I will of course follow the further steps as discussed here on Molly’s blog. Please excuse me just now, I am awfully tired- after 11 pm in the Uk. Also in addition to my writing, a great deal of building work is taking place in my house and it’s all I can do to maintain equilibrium.. There are other factors, too….

    Please do email me, at least for some further guidance as to how to proceed. I very much welcome this post. Thanks to you and Molly once again.



    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm #


      When you sign up for my report I will have your contact information and I will coordinate with you offline about getting your ebooks off General eBooks.

      I look forward to helping you.


      • Benjamin Swanton December 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

        Thank you very much indeed, Kathryn. I have just signed up.

        • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm #


          Your title has been removed from General eBooks as of today. I recommend that you continue to monitor the site.


  6. Deborah Jay December 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Kathryn, thank you so much for this post and for the offers. I have signed up to your report, and yes please, I would be very grateful for your assistance in getting one of my books taken of General ebooks.
    The title is THE PRINCE’S MAN, and it shows up twice on the page when I do a search for my author name – not sure why they have it twice, but they do. Thankfully they don’t have my second title, which is perhaps why they have the first one twice!
    All best,
    BTW, I went onto the illegal download page, and my computer security flagged it up as ‘unsafe content’.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm #


      I do not recommend testing the download (virus and other nasty contagions).

      I’ll be in touch offline once I have your contact information to coordinate the removal.


      • Deborah Jay December 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

        Thanks, I just downloaded your report.
        I didn’t intend to complete the download, just wanted to see where the button took me.
        I didn’t expect, though, to have it red flagged like that. Won’t be going there again!

        • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm #


          The two links to the illegal download of The Prince’s Man have been removed. The only link on the site now goes directly to Barnes & Noble.

          I would suggest that you keep monitoring the site and let me know if an illegal link reappears.


  7. Patricia Knight December 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Kathryn,

    I have done as you suggested and checked the ebook site for the titles of my books. Sigh. These books are listed:

    Hers To Command (Verdantia)
    Hers To Choose
    Hers To Cherish
    Hers To Claim

    I would greatly appreciate your help in getting my books off this pirate site. If the figures they give are accurate, hundreds of my books have been downloaded, as recently as yesterday.

    I will sign up for your newsletter and look forward to corresponding with you offline.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm #


      Thank you for signing up for my report. I’ll be in touch with you and we’ll see what we can do about getting your books off of General eBooks.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm #


      All of the illegal download links to the titles that were posted under the name of Patricia Knight have been removed.

      Two titles were still there when I checked today. I made another request using the name Patricia A. Knight.

      They should be taken down soon. I recommend that you keep monitoring the site.


  8. Barb December 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Kathryn,
    I’m signing up for your newsletter – it seems that at least 5 of my books are on that site 🙁


    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm #


      When I have your contact information after you sign up for the Report, I’ll contact you to coordinate removal.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm #


      The illegal download links to all but two of your titles have been removed. I put in another request for the two other titles.

      I recommend continuing to monitor.


  9. Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm #


    Come back and let us know how you did on the removal reports.


  10. Cinthia December 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Holy, holy, my novel “Dolls Behaving Badly” is listed on General eBooks. I thought I was immune since it’s published through a large publisher but I guess book hackers/stealers don’t give a damn (excuse my French, please) about such things.
    Really sucks, and thanks for all of the valuable information, Kathryn!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      You’re welcome, Cinthia.

      Ask your publisher to take action against the pirates and let us know how it goes.


  11. AK Taylor December 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Kathryn/Molly,

    All 3 of my books on there too :(. That really sucks the big one. I submitted the infringement report, but here are my titles. My author name is AK Taylor:

    Neiko’s Five Land Adventure
    Escape from Ancient Egypt
    The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide

    PS–I signed up for the newsletter

    • Kathryn Goldman December 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm #


      The illegal download link to one of your books has been removed. But three are still there.

      I will follow-up when I finish issuing removal requests for the other folks who have left comments.


  12. Kathryn Goldman December 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm #


    Thanks for signing up for the Rip-Off Protection Report. Let us know how General eBooks responds to your infringement report.


  13. Vivian Towers December 2, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Great article. I have the same problem but worked with a digital publisher and I do not have access to my ebook account. I let him know of this problem and he told me to take care of it. Can I just email General eBooks directly or do I have to go through the copyright selection you mentioned in your article?

    • Kathryn Goldman December 2, 2014 at 11:42 am #


      I’m sorry your book is there. You can try sending an email directly. But the Copyright Infringement Report is probably the better way to go.


  14. Tara December 2, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    I’d be mindful of searching the actual title of a book. These sites are aggregators and, if they do not yet have that title, will likely search it out to add. I searched by last name–a long process with so many pages (of a common name). I didn’t find mine but will add this to my (growing) list of sites to periodically check.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 2, 2014 at 11:38 am #


      That’s an excellent tip about the site being aggregators and to limit your search terms so they don’t get any clues about what else they can pirate.


  15. Sherry Rentschler December 2, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    General ebooks has listed my book PAPER BONES on their site. This comes to my attention despite the fact that I have Google alerts on my book and have not gotten a notice. I received your Rip Off report but really appreciate to be on your assistance on getting off General ebooks.

    Now I’m going to be more attentive to this issue.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 2, 2014 at 11:40 am #


      Thanks for signing up for the Rip-Off Protection Report. I look forward to helping you get PAPER BONES removed from General eBooks. I’ll be in touch now that I have your contact information.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm #


      The link to the illegal download of your book has been removed from the site. But you should keep monitoring to make sure it does not reappear.


      • Sherry Rentschler December 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

        Thank you very much, Kathryn. I will keep an eye out. I am most grateful for your stepping in to take care of this. And I am also much more savvy than ever about piracy.

      • Sherry Rentschler December 8, 2014 at 9:51 am #


        My newest ebook – BY LIGHT BETRAYED – was just released on Saturday and is there today! Unbelieveable. May I ask your assistance in getting it removed too?

        I can’t believe this. So frustrating.
        At least PAPER BONES has not returned. Yet. 🙁

        I am grateful if you can assist me in this, too.

        • Molly Greene December 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

          Sherry! Had to jump in and say I’m so sorry – too frustrating for words.

          • Sherry Rentschler December 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

            Thank you, Molly. I’m just stunned speechless. I mean, that was FAST.

        • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm #


          Really hard to believe. Yes, I’ll make a request for removal of the illegal link on your new title.


          • Sherry Rentschler December 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

            Thank you so very much, Kathryn. I don’t know how to say it enough.


  16. Susan Jean Ricci December 2, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Hi, Kathryn:

    All of my books are on this General Ebooks site, as you can see from the book banner on my website. I didn’t see any links for sale and did not try to download the books for fear of malware, etc. I’m not sure that copyright violation thing will work so I’ll be downloading your newsletter. I appreciate any help/advice you can share.

    Thank you.
    Susan Jean Ricci

    • Kathryn Goldman December 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi, Susan,

      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. Now that I have your contact information, I’ll be in touch with you offline so we can get the process rolling.


  17. Jeannie Palmer December 3, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Thank you for posting this information. My title, Life in a Nutshell is on there as well and I would like to have it permanently removed. I’m signing up for the Digitial Artists Rip-Off Protection Report now and look forward to hearing back from you.

    Much respect!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 3, 2014 at 11:17 am #


      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. I’ll be in touch with you offline so we can get started.


  18. Taylor Fulks December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Kathryn,

    I was notified by a friend about this post, as well as the presence of my book MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS being on the site. I have found my book on a few other torrent sites in the past, and thought there wasn’t a whole lot I could do about it. One site had 38K downloads while another had 31K downloads of my book.
    I have signed up for the ripoff protection report. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Taylor Fulks

    • Kathryn Goldman December 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Taylor,

      When I get your contact information from your sign-up of the Digital Artists Rip-Off Report, I’ll be in touch.


  19. Julie Musil December 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Yikes! I haven’t experienced this (yet!). Thanks for the tips. I’ll spread the word.

    • Molly Greene December 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Thanks, Julie – and lucky you!

  20. Mary Deal December 4, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you for your offer to help. Sadly, these are my books listed:

    Write It Right – Tips for Author Volume I, 2nd Edition (twice listed)

    Write It Right – Tips for Authors, Volume II (twice listed)

    Legacy of the Tropics

    Off Center in the Attic – Over the Top Stories (twice listed)

    The Howling Cliffs – A Sara Mason Mystery (twice listed)

    River Bones

    The Ka

    Down to the Needle

    A Book and A Dish

    • Kathryn Goldman December 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm #


      Once you sign up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report, I will have your contact information to begin the process.


      • Mary Deal December 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

        Signed up right away. Already downloaded. I’ll have my roommates sign up. Thank you so much.

  21. Mary Deal December 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    May I add my roommate’s book, which I published?

    Guidelines for Organization of Working Papers on Operational Audits

    Thank you so much!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm #


      I will be glad to help your roommate. S/he will need to sign up for the Rip-Off Protection Report, as well, so I will have direct contact information.


      • Mary Deal December 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

        Signed up right away. Already downloaded. I’ll have my roommates sign up. Thank you so much.

  22. S.L. Morgan December 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I’m blown away! I just found my books
    1. Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited
    2. Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key
    On this site. There are at least 4 versions of “The Uninvited” and I need to get these books off of this site.
    Thank you so much for your post and willingness to help us authors who are victims to this.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm #


      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. I now have your contact information and will be in touch with you offline to begin the process of getting the illegal links removed.


  23. Nicole Weaver December 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Thank you, my book is on the site for free download. I did not give them permission.

    My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories

    By Nicole Weaver

    • Kathryn Goldman December 7, 2014 at 10:00 am #


      Now that I have your contact information, I will be in touch with you directly to start the link removal process.

      Thank you for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report.


  24. April Nichole December 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Thank you for being willing to help. I check and found…

    Eyes to Heaven
    To My Heart

    On my way now to do the other part so you can talk to them for me.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 7, 2014 at 9:57 am #


      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report.

      Now that I have your contact information, I will get in touch with you directly to start the link removal process.


  25. Ronald Holte December 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Mary Deal told me to list with you. Please use my email above to reach me. My book is:

    Guidelines for Organization of Working Papers on Operational Audits

    Thank you, really appreciate what you’re doing.

    • Molly Greene December 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Ronald, you need to register for Kathryn’s Rip Off Report and she will contact you once she has your information there. Sorry your books are on the site, but she will help you take them down.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 7, 2014 at 9:47 am #


      Thank you for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. Now that I have your contact information, I will be in touch with you directly to start the link removal process.


  26. Alora Kate December 6, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I found my book on that site and sent what you suggested. This is my first book, so depressing.

    • Molly Greene December 6, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      I know, Alora, it is depressing, and I am so sorry. Set up a Google Alert and stay vigilant!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 7, 2014 at 9:54 am #


      Make sure to come back and let us know if the removal of the free download link to your book was successful.


  27. Maggie Plummer December 6, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Thank you for helping with this disgusting piracy problem.
    Yes, both of my published novels are on that piracy site. GRRRR, because I work very hard on my books. One of them has just been released, and it’s already on there!

    Their titles are:
    both by Maggie Plummer

    thanks again! I appreciate what you’re doing!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 7, 2014 at 9:44 am #


      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report.

      The piracy problem is genuinely disgusting after all the work it takes to create art and then to have someone just steal it . . . .

      Now that I have your contact information, I’ll be in touch with you directly to start the link removal process.


  28. Brenda Webb December 7, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    My book “Mr. Darcy’s Fobidden Love” is on this site. I would like for you to have it taken down.

    Brenda Webb Bigbee

    • Kathryn Goldman December 7, 2014 at 9:40 am #


      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. Now that I have your contact information, I’ll be in touch with you directly to start the link removal process.


  29. Molly Greene December 7, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Readers, I lost a comment Saturday, Dec. 6. Someone legitimate ended up in my website’s spam comment folder, and my eye caught the book titles JUST as I hit the delete button. Can’t get it back. So sorry! If you’ve left a comment on this post that has NOT appeared, please email authormollygreene @ gmail.com and let me know.

  30. Eva Pohler December 7, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you Molly and Kathryn. I will download the report and subscribe to the blog as soon as I finish this comment. Some of my books are on the pirate site:
    The Gatekeeper’s Sons
    The Gatekeeper’s Challenge
    The Gatekeeper’s Daughter
    The Gatekeeper’s House
    The Gatekeeper’s Secret
    The Gatekeeper’s Promise
    The Purgatorium
    Gray’s Domain

    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm #


      Thank you for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report.

      I’ve sent you an email so we can get the link removal process started.


  31. David Colin Carr December 7, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Thanks for this posting, Katherine, and for Joel picking it up!
    Found this title: Forever and Always
    Copyright holders: Kelly L. Carlson and David Colin Carr

    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm #


      Thanks for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report.

      I’ve sent you an email so we can get the removal requests rolling.


  32. AJ Sikes December 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi Kathryn,

    Many thanks for the offer of help. I found only one title of mine

    If You Can Get It (A Gods of Chicago Story)


    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm #


      Thank you for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. And thank you for sharing this post with your clients and in the twittersphere.

      I’ve sent you a direct email to get the process of removing the illegal download link started.


    • Kathryn Goldman December 11, 2014 at 11:41 am #


      It looks like the illegal link to your book has been removed.


  33. Lindy Zart December 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Roomies was released two weeks ago, and from just this one site, has been downloaded almost 5,000 times. This is a sickening amount of money lost to me. I noticed other books of mine on there as well.

    1. Roomies
    2. Merry Christmas, Lincoln
    3. Safe and Sound
    4. Incomplete
    5. Complete

    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm #


      Thank you for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Report. Before I can help you, I need you to confirm your subscription so I have access to your contact information.

      Check your spam to see if there is an email from me there.


  34. Tori Madison December 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I’m a new author and released my first book on September 24, 2014 and thanks to Lindy Zart I found a pirated copy. She linked to this article I’m extremely thankful for her and you. I goggled and found it on other sites and I’m not sure what to do, this is all so new. I would appreciate any assistance you can provide!

    Beneath It All

    Kindest regards,
    Tori Madison

    • Molly Greene December 8, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Hi Tori, so sorry to hear your books are there, too. Sign up for Kathryn’s Rip-Off Report and she will contact you offline. Best of luck!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm #


      Thank you for signing up for the Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report. I have sent you an email. Once you respond, we can get the process rolling.


  35. T.P. Miller December 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Just checked and my work was there too. A Woman Scorned and Out for Blood. Sent removal notice.

    • Molly Greene December 8, 2014 at 7:31 am #

      Rats! SO sorry. T.P. Stay vigilant, they may go back up on the site. Good luck!

  36. Kathryn Goldman December 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Note to everyone on this thread:

    Do not copy the title of your book from the General eBooks site into the comment box here. Type it by hand.

    You are creating a link to the illegal download. In some cases, it is a link that persists after General eBooks removes its internal link.


  37. Mary Ann Bernal December 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    The following books have been pirated – I appreciate your help: Scribbler Tales volumes one and two. Also, I am one author included in The Independent Author Index Compilation, and I am the editor for Goats Eat Cans. I appreciate your help. Thank you.
    Mary Ann Bernal

  38. P.T. Wyant December 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I just found both of my books (Sanguine and Song and Sword) on General eBooks and reported the infringement to the site.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am #


      Come back and let us know if your reports are effective.


  39. Susi December 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    This is why I am not publishing. I work too hard for someone to just help themselves.

    Thank you, Kathryn for all that you do to help everyone who has had their work ripped off.

    • Kathryn Goldman December 11, 2014 at 9:26 am #


      It is sad to hear that you are not publishing your work because there are a few evil deed doers out there doing evil deeds.

      Scoff laws should not be permitted to suppress art.

      The rest of us would like to read your work.

      Please reconsider.


  40. Andrew December 12, 2014 at 1:01 am #


    I was first drawn to this site by a friend who had alerted me that my just recently published eBook was already being pirated. I loaded up the page and had a look. Initially I have to admit it looked legit however there were a few things that as an IT guy that seemed suspicious.

    1. There was the Report Copyright Infringement. This seemed really particularly odd. This wasn’t a site dedicated to users sharing stuff between each other. This was a search site dedicated to giving people pirated books (or at least that was their claim). Seeing to what the site was supposedly dedicated to the concept of them being concerned about Reporting Copyright Violations seemed dubious. The entire site (and all associated sites) are dedicated to violating copyrights. Considering the nature of the website I doubt it could be even claimed that it was legally ass covering since they advertise it as pirating. They know what they are doing and they are malicious about it.

    2. The actual file downloaded to your computer was not a eBook format file, it was a program, an “exe”. This was the biggest thing that made me immediately doubt the site’s claims. When you pirate stuff you give it to people in format they can use. TV/Movies are pirated in mp4,avi,mkc and other similiar formats. eBooks would be similarly formatted in a way where it would be easy for people to use. Sure “The ebook could be encoded in the exe as a zip or incorporating a reader” but that is such drastic work that isn’t needed. Why zip a file than is less than a meg? why do all of the work of incorporating an ebook reader into the download when people already have easy access to ebook readers either on their tablets, smartphones or computers. None of it makes sense.

    Now to say that our books aren’t pirated, I’d need more than that to confirm this is the case. I needed to know without a doubt what would happen if I ran that exe. I already had a pretty good idea what I thought it was going to be but I needed to be sure.

    So utilising “Windows Virtual PC” and “XP Mode” software to create a virtual computer, basically a fake temporary computer that runs within windows, I tested it out. Do you know what I found? I found lots of useless programs that installed themselves on my virtual computer. You know what I didn’t find? Any way to actually read my book, no eBook format file was downloaded or stored, no shortcut to a program that would display it. Nothing that indicated that I was provided anything that the site “promised” me.


    Not only do you not have to In fact I think it may be using the eBook self-publishing community as an additional source of information. The “Report Copyright Infringement” and appropriate DMCA takedown notices are I think what it wants. Partly to get information from the authors so it can use that for whatever it wants but also as a method to help people think it’s “legit”. If people google general ebooks and pirated people see rants about how their book is pirated on general ebooks.

    Hope this helps

    • Mary Deal December 12, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      This is all stunning information. However, General eBooks is still using our books as enticements for their questionable acts. I don’t want my books used as a come-on for something that may ultimately involve my reputation as a writer.

      • Sherry Rentschler December 12, 2014 at 10:25 am #

        I agree with Mary. This is extraordinary work Andrew and thank you for doing it. But I have to continue to complain if someone is using my hard work and good name for malicious intent, malware or otherwise.

        No downloads is great. But this place is still reprehensible is using me and others for bait.

        • Molly Greene December 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

          Andrew, thank you so much for your comprehensive work and comment, but I just want to weigh in and say I agree with the ladies – don’t want any site using my name or titles for any reason that I have not pre-approved. Take my stuff down!

    • Kathryn Goldman December 12, 2014 at 10:15 am #


      Extraordinarily interesting work you did. And thank you for setting up the technical piece of it. We all suspected malware in the download and I believe you confirmed it.

      Can you be sure that the downloaded .exe application file is actually “useless” and not creating some kind of bot or installing spyware?

      I have to agree with Mary Deal that the site is using eBooks as enticements to infect computers (with what specifically we do not know) that try to download books.

      But this does answer one big question that many writers have asked, “How can they get an illegal copy of my ebook so fast?”

      Answer, they don’t. They just get information of newly published work probably through an Amazon or Smashwords API, for example. Then put publicly available information on their site with a download link to the malware zip file.

      If what they are trying to accomplish is collecting Infringement Report information, then they’ve gotten my email address 78 times in the past week on behalf of everyone who asked me to request link removal. And many, many links have been removed.

      I don’t know that we have the complete answer to what the scam is yet.

      But based on your work, I agree that it looks like the books have NOT been pirated, they’re just being used as bait.

      Great addition to the conversation, Andrew. Thanks again.


  41. Anne Francis Scott December 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm #


    Thanks for the informative post on eBook pirating. I did find my eBook listed on General eBooks and would greatly appreciate your assistance in getting it removed.

    The book listed on the site shows the old cover and book description, a sure sign that something is amiss!

    Title: Lost Girl (Book One of The Lost Trilogy)
    Author: Anne Francis Scott

    Thanks so much for your assistance. I have two releases scheduled for early 2015 and am grateful to have a heads up on the pirating issues.

    Thanks again,

    • Molly Greene December 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      Anne, I am so sorry to hear this, but happy to report that Kathryn will help right after January 1, when she returns from a cross-country drive: Oregon to Florida in an MG!

      • Anne Francis Scott December 20, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        Thanks, Molly.

        From Oregon to Florida in an MG . . . Now that’s an adventure!

        Merry Christmas!


        • Molly Greene December 21, 2014 at 7:51 am #

          Merry Christmas to you, too, Anne!

  42. Lori L. Clark January 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Torrents ugh… This was found from a google alert. They just went up. 🙁 I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I can’t keep ahead of the pirate sites.

    • Molly Greene January 4, 2015 at 8:11 am #

      Hi Lori, so sorry to hear about this. Sign up for Kathryn’s report and she’ll be in touch soon.

  43. Susan Toy January 24, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    We discovered this site at the beginning of last summer and Tim Baker wrote an excellent blog post about our discovery at that time.

    What we realized since he posted this, however, is that sites like these are collecting email addresses, so they’re not making money pirating our copyrighted material so much as acting as a click farm and selling the lists they compile. When I tried contacting them to have my two eBooks removed from the site, my computer was infected with a virus that I had a heck of a time removing. So I don’t even go on to that site any longer, especially as I have a new computer since then and don’t wish to infect it as well. If you read through the comments on Tim’s blog post you’ll see that many others had the same experience and that we’ve never managed to have books taken down from the site – nor did we ever manage to have the site itself taken down, since you are still talking about it in this post now.

    • Kathryn Goldman January 24, 2015 at 9:58 am #


      Thanks for your comment. It is important to get the word out that General eBooks is not what it purports to be.

      Unlike your experience, though, I have been successful in having links removed for each author who has asked me to act on their behalf.

      I have also done further research into General eBooks. My follow-up post will appear right here on Molly’s blog next week (2/2/15). Make sure to come back to see what I’ve concluded.


      • Susan Toy January 24, 2015 at 10:53 am #

        Thanks, Kathryn. I wonder if this site has been morphing over the months, changing itself so it’s not as it seemed to us earlier. I don’t want to take the chance of trying to find out if I was successful in removing my eBooks. The site had blocked me, anyway, so I could not see what was going on there. It will be interesting to watch what happens over the next while. And kudos to Andrew (above) who was diligent in tracking down what the site has been doing overall.

  44. kandykayscaramuzzo January 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Hey There!
    My poor little book has been out for almost two years now and it seems at least once a month I am pulling it off of some place I did not give it permission to be. I put google alerts on it first thing and now it seems I spend an awful lot of time tracing down and removing it from these sites. It is very annoying to say the least. You have a very good and informative post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Molly Greene January 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      I know! It’s a time-wasting drag and so sorry to hear this. I don’t “look” anymore, just take steps when a pirated site w/my titles comes – or is brought to – my attention.

      • kandykayscaramuzzo January 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

        That is pretty much where I am with it. I wait until Mr. Google brings it to my attention. He is a handy one, that Mr. Google Alert guy!

  45. Vicki Hudson February 10, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    Both my Ebooks are on the site.
    No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique and Chow.
    I followed the steps you included and as soon as I clicked on the download now link, a zip file downloaded. In fact, it downloaded twice.
    Thanks Molly for blogging this and for Katherine for getting the word out.

  46. Cheryl Kaye Tardif February 10, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Though I have repeatedly issued takedown notices to General Ebooks (and others), my links end up right back up there within a month or two. They have most of my works–again. If you’d like to try to get them removed, I’d sincerely appreciate it. And if there’s anything legal that can be done, I’d be interested.

    Many thanks,


    • Molly Greene February 10, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      Cheryl, I forwarded the link to Kathryn but removed it from your comment.

  47. Elle Vaughn February 12, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Hi – Just found ALL my books on a pirate site:

    Taming Anna
    Chasing Anna
    Secret Guardian
    Tied Up
    Hands Tied (Hasn’t even been published yet!!!!)

    Thank you so much for the help!

    • Molly Greene February 12, 2015 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Elle – so sorry! Sign up for Kathryn’s report, she will contact you offline, and you can give her the links then.

  48. Rebecka Vigus March 21, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Thank you. The three books so far in my series were on this site. I used your model to fill out the request to have them removed. I did not authorize this. Now I need to figure out how to set up a Google alert. Thank you again.

  49. David Torres March 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    You have no idea how helpful this post was 🙂 Thank you. I found both of my books on that site, but nowhere else. Luckily, there haven’t been many downloads, and I hope it stays that way.

    1) Restricted Renegade
    2) Unrestricted Rising.

    thanks again 🙂

  50. Joanna Moore May 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    That same site and a few others are illegally offering downloads of all four of my eBooks–including one I released less than a day ago! I had seen a very sharp drop in sales and thought it was odd. I wonder how much revenue is stolen through these kinds of sites? My niche is small, but I still want credit for my hard work!


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