Imitation: Sincerest form of flattery or low-life twits who steal those words you worked so very hard to produce? My vote goes with the latter.
Right before I left for the ALA Conference I had heard that some quote unquote "reviewer" on eBay had stolen some of my reviews word-for-word and put them up on their site. At first I figured that this was one of those cases where Amazon.com (where I always duplicate my reviews) sold the reviews to the site. They can do that, and you’re always credited afterward. However, this does not appear to be the case. I get zippo credit for my words, as you can see here with this republication of my Good Masters, Sweet Ladies review (it’s the second one on the page).
Hey, doofus! That ain’t cool!
The fools even caught the attention of the Smart Bitches, and you can bet they weren’t pleased. They did some digging on the perpetrator in question and found a whole bunch of information. Many thanks to Kathleenn Gilligan and the other sharp-eyed spotters who alerted me to this situation.
Now I’m back from ALA and it’s time to look this thing over thoroughly. I have contacted this group and have requested that my stolen reviews be either removed or credited. We’ll see if anything happens. I’m letting you know about this because other reviewers who post on Amazon.com might do very well to look at the reviews on this site to determine whether or not they too are being ripped off . . . and . . . oh, shoot! They did NOT just steal my Number the Stars review from 2004, did they? And my Song of the Swallows? Oh me, oh my . . .
If you review for Amazon.com, please check it out.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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