John Locke’s Fraud

As I was starting to write for the Kindle I often heard author John Locke cited for selling a million books. He did, but what I’ve now learned puts the quality of his books in question:

He paid people – people who never even read his books – to write fake reviews, reviews that spoke glowingly about his work.

Amazon will only display those books that get many high reviews. This gaming of the system prevented books in his genre that may be better quality from being seen. Authors  who actually worked on bettering their craft were penalized as a result.

A few years ago we got a black eye thanks to James Fry (he made a work of fiction about living on the street and lied, claiming it to be the truth). Now this.

To say that I’m disgusted is an understatement.

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Very Different

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I’m reading a book about formatting material for the EPUB format on my Kobo at the moment (unlike the proprietary .mobi format used by the Amazon Kindle.epub is used for other devices).

The style difference is large… for Kindle all text is formatted Justified; for epub it isn’t. In fact, the book that I’m reading is left-justified.

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