Kindle Readers Beware was started to spread the word about unethical practices of kindle authors. Fake reviews, fake fans, fake awards and other fakery is unethical. Investigative journalists at sites like Bagged and Tagged, Shame on You, and Amazon Alert have identified a number of kindle authors using unethical practices. Kindle Readers Beware has encountered unethical authors too.
Our list of the worst offenders and the top authors to avoid:
Hugh Howey – Reigning king of fakery. Hugh Howey has a long history of fraud. Not only Hugh Howey has bought thousands of reviews to pump up his own books, he buys reviews to trash other authors.
Melissa Foster – Reigning queen of fakery. Melissa Foster has a long history of fraud. She was so desperate for recognition she entered dozens of fake writing contents and has over a dozen fake writing awards. Melisssa Foster also has purchased hundreds of reviews.
The escapades of Hugh Howey and Melissa Foster are so extensive they make most other unethical authors activities look tame by comparison but here goes anyway with a list of authors who are known to have purchased 100 or more fake reviews:
Michael G Manning
Stephanie Lisa Tara
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
A Meredith Walters
David A Wells