Not that long ago I had a post about piracy. Today's post is about a whole new level of piracy: not only stealing someone else's work, but "publishing" it yourself for profit.
PG over at the Passive Voice alerted me to the plight of Ruth Ann Nordin. It seems someone has taken one of her free stories and published it on Amazon and is charging money for it.
Ms. Nordin has tried contacting Amazon, but they aren't doing anything about it. She's actually having to get a lawyer over it.
Now, it's hard to imagine anyone paying $21.99 for "the-path-to-christmas.pdf" but that's not really the point. Amazon needs to respond to these issues quickly. Given that their business depends on internet sales, they need to be careful that they don't develop a reputation as a digital fence for stolen goods.