This is a kind of Public Service Announcement, because readers may not be as aware of these things as the writers and can be scammed by dodgy sites. You might assume that a site selling a book rather than giving an obviously illegal free download is legit, but this is not always the case. Many of them look very slick and professional, but are only after your credit card or PayPal details to steal from you.
I put the buy links for the legitimate sites on the book pages for my stories, but I’ll give a summary here.
Loose Id novels should only be sold on either Loose Id’s own site or one of these authorised resellers:
- Barnes and Noble (Nook)
- Google Play Books
None of them are legally free anywhere.
The Hot Off the Press anthology and the Immutable novella should only be sold on:
Dreamspinner Press’s own site and the same resellers as above. Again, they’re not legally free anywhere.
The Lashings of Sauce anthology and the individual shorts published by JMS Books are available on either JMS Books’ own site or:
- The sites Smashwords distributes to i.e. Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple etc.
They will not be free on any site that’s legal.
My two free novels, Shoot the Humans First and The Battle of Hollow Jimmy and the short Reclaiming Territory are available on Amazon, Smashwords and the places Smashwords distributes to.
- They should always be free anywhere except Amazon, which sometimes randomly makes them not free again. Price matching is a constant battle!
- Also some Amazon territories don’t seem to pick up the price matching and keep charging for them. Sorry. Try Smashwords instead if that affects you.
- If they aren’t free when you check on Amazon.com or .co.uk they should go free again shortly. You can make that happen quicker by reporting a lower price, on Smashwords say.
- Anyone other than Amazon trying to charge you for them is illegal.
If in doubt about any site selling my books or any books, DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER! (Or PayPal details, or anything!) If it doesn’t seem legit, it probably isn’t. If at all worried I’d advise you stick with one of the following:
- The main site for your ereader type. i.e. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo etc.
- The publisher’s own site.
- Google Play Books
Stay safe, lovely readers!