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Kindle Unlimited Scammer Gets the Boot: Today in Books

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Kindle Scammer Gets The Boot

A Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) scammer has been booted from the Kindle Unlimited bookstore. Going by Chance Carter, the scammer directed readers to skip to the last page of the book (“hack jobs written by Fiverr writers”) for the chance to enter a giveaway. Because KDP pays authors for pages read, and can’t tell when readers skip ahead to reach the last page, Carter was receiving about $20 per read. Scammer, your books will not be missed.

In Other Words, Goodbye

I hardly knew ye. Some sad news for bookstore travelers who planned to one day visit In Other Words, a Portland, Oregon indie bookstore perhaps widely known as Portlandia’s Women and Women First feminist bookstore: the shop is closed for business. While it may have been recognized as a pop culture landmark, In Other Words also served as a community space and a feminist resource center. The shop’s statement cited increased expenses and the lack of funds, volunteers, and board members as the reason for closure.

Laurie Halse Anderson’s New Novel

Laurie Halse Anderson, who spoke up about rape through her 1999 semi-autobiographical YA novel, Speak, will again write on the subject with a new novel for young readers. In Shout, Anderson is writing about her experience as a rape victim, and about the experiences shared with her by her readers in the two decades since her first novel was published. “I see my responsibility as helping people move away from ‘me too’ to ‘us too,’ ” said the author.


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