I have no opinion about what this site is doing, or why, but when it comes to the pitfalls we all face in marketing any caveat is worth being discussed. Many cash strapped authors have been made even poorer by accepting “free” help.
I would like to share a letter sent to me by a fellow independent author, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a website claiming to be promoting independent authors, when in reality it appears that they are offering free downloads of the work of dozens of us.
If you are an author, independent or otherwise, I urge you to read this letter and investigate the site yourself. Find out if your work is posted there and take appropriate action to have it removed, or, at the very least, make sure you are willing to grant permission to the site owners to list your work.
Making money as an independent author is difficult enough without pirating sites giving our work away under false pretenses AND without our permission.
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Main stream publishing houses have teams of lawyers looking after the interests of their authors, all we indies have is each other. Even if the people in your post are simon pure the caution you give is good advice.