by Eliza Richardson
Members of the book club and I started reading digital books in November. One of the first things that struck us as odd about self-published books was the lack of concern for details. Editing was shoddy, covers messy and timelines were topsy turvy. Of course not all books were like this and it sometimes became a game to us to find a “quality read” among so many choices.
In early February, a few of us downloaded free copies of The Great Gift by Misty Wright. Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? Paragraphs of this book were fine, and then it would spurt into paragraphs of unedited bits and then it would be fine again. It was definitely odd but we were not surprised. The work was self-published and we assumed this was just another author who did not care about the finer details.
On 19th February, we were excited to find another book by Misty Wright, Love’s Freedom was also free. At least seven of us downloaded it, until two of us noticed a strong resemblance to Hartley’s Crush by Lietha Wards which was initially published in 2011. At least a year earlier than Misty Wright’s book.
My curiosity got the better of me and I started to dig a little deeper.
A few members helped and here’s what we found. Assassin’s Love by Misty Wright is the same as Crying Blood by Jennifer Cloud. The Great Gift by Misty Wright is the same as The Perfect Gift by Mark Stewart. We stopped digging at this point and we have included some screenshots of what we found ...
Assassin’s Love by Misty Wright vs. Crying Blood by Jennifer Cloud. Crying Blood was published in 2005 by Whiskey Creek Press and then self-published by the author in 2008. At least four years earlier than Misty Wright’s book.
We understand if an author doesn't care about the finer details. But to take credit for someone else's work? We think it's more than distasteful. How can person be so vain that dishonesty prevails and ethics are discarded?
Our question is this, to someone who is only just discovering digital eBooks doesn't Amazon have any way of discovering for these things before a book appears in their store?
And so, our e-reading journey continues .....