Back in October I wrote a post about a website that was charging a monthly subscription for access to a vast library of pirated ebooks. That site was GoodEreader.com. I'm writing a follow up post today to tell you that not only are they still pirates, they also like to tell whoppers.
Shortly after I wrote that post I got an email from the pirates. They tried to convince me that they had reformed. The email claimed that the piracy was all on the part of one forum admin, and that the rest of the team had fired the admin and GoodEreader.com had gone straight.
This is not true.
A few days ago GoodEreader.com started trying to get a thread over on MobileRead deleted - a thread which discussed their piracy. They made the usual claims about having cleaned up their act, and they started bugging the MR staff to delete the thread.
MR has a policy against removing content, so it wasn't going to happen. But I soft deleted my post on this blog. I really thought they had changed.
Unfortunately for them, someone pointed me at their new pirate site EbookNovel.com, and I learned that both sites accept money through the same Paypal account. GoodEreader.com offers tech support and other services, and EbookNovel.com collects a monthly membership fee.
Payments for both sites go to the same company on Paypal, Starbreeze Media. Oh, and back in October I also paid this same company for a 1 month membership fee.
That was their one chance to prove they'd gone straight. Now that I know they will say anything to protect their crimes, I know better than to ever believe anything they say.
P.S. Some might wonder why I single this pirate site out, given that I am otherwise ambivalent to piracy. The answer is simple. This is a large-scale commercial pirate website. Money spent here isn't going to creators, which puts this site in a special category (apart from everyone who just gives it away).
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