The Problem of Knock-Off Books

Friday, July 13, 2012

Transcript

Buying a cheap knock-off is not just a problem with watches and hand bags—if you go onto Amazon's website to buy the latest bestseller, you might accidentally end up with an imitation book. Bob speaks to Fortune senior editor Stephen Gandel, who looked into the knock-offs on Amazon, and found a number of books that he says were clearly meant to confuse people by trading off of more popular titles.

Original Air Date - April 20, 2012

Guests:

Stephen Gandel

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [1]

alamogal from Timbuktu

This seems like a serious issue to me. One that Amazon, like ebay, should be held responsible for monitoring. A knock-off is a knock-off, whether titles are copyrightable or not, bc it's trading on the rep of a famous or established author's work. If Amazon is allowing these knock-off writers to flourish in it's ebook environment, then it's an enabler. Not a good way to establish cred in the publishing biz, if you ask me. Just my opinion.

Jul. 14 2012 02:07 PM

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