Fraud alert: Please help inform Tolkien fans
- Today I was advised that PARMA ENDORION: ESSAYS ON MIDDLE-EARTH, 3RD
EDITION, has been put up for auction at eBay.com. As I announced in
January, this special edition of PARMA ENDORION was published as an
eBook in Adobe PDF format and has been made available for free
download at http://www.free-ebooks.net/fan_fiction.html for anyone
who wants a copy.
Here is an example of a concluded sale of the eBook:
I am told that these listings only stay available for up to 30 days.
Since I have asked that the most current auction be removed, I think
this link may last longer than the current auction. Several auctions
have already been removed under the seller's feedback list, perhaps
for reported abuse. There were a few other concluded PARMA ENDORION
auctions in the list.
Since PARMA ENDORION was published in January, more than 80,000
downloads have been recorded by free-ebooks.net. I was advised
earlier this summer that the eBook has also been distributed (without
authorization) on the Kazaa network. Since Kazaa is a peer-to-peer
distribution service, and since it was apparent to me no one was
altering the work or trying to make money, I let the Kazaa situation
pass without challenge.
I just think these auctions are so unfair to the people buying the
books. Of course, they are unfair to me and the artists, Rich
Sullivan and Anke Eismann, because we are not being compensated for
our work. But no one should have to pay for PARMA ENDORION. That was
not what we intended.
Please help spread the word to your fellow Tolkien fans. I will do
what I can to inform the public through other venues, as well as
through Xenite.org's network. But there are a lot of people out
there. And it may not be too late for the buyers to report the fraud
to PayPal (the service the auctioneer used) or eBay. Perhaps they can
Your help in getting the word out will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.