PIRATED BOOKS! – Beware of Kiss Library/Kissly

If you have a published eBook(s), please check the Kiss Library or Kissly sites to see if your property has been pirated.

Yes – it happened to me. I have no idea how long they’ve been there, and all my books (except one) were listed – some with multiple editions. The slimy bastards didn’t even bother to change the title, cover, or author name and were charging twice the price!

They have a convenient DMCA link where you can request a take-down. I submitted it and immediately received a response:

 

Hi,

We’ve removed the books by your request:

They might still show up in search even though the book pages are removed – search index is automatically updated every hour, so the books will be gone from the search soon.

We’ve suspended the users who have uploaded these books, we’ll give them a week for explanation, if they fail to provide proof of having a legal right to sell these books, we’ll see if they have any pending payments, which we can redirect to you instead. We’ll use your email in this case.

We’re very sorry about this situation – we’ve had an influx of copyright complaints recently which we haven’t seen before. Apparently someone has found a way to work around our copyright protection mechanism.We have paused uploading of new listings to our site until we can design a better copyright verification system.

If you have any more questions, please write to dmca@kisslibraryemails.com

Best regards,
KissLibrary team

KissLibrary, Liutsinskaya str, 15 office 17, Minsk, Minsk, 220055, Ukraine

 

So – will it work? I sure hope so, but time will tell. I would like to think the company is serious about fixing the problems, but there are several red flags which cause me to doubt the issue has been settled so easily.

I have to wonder how many OTHER places are featuring my stolen property and where they got their hands on the files. I have my suspicions, but of course can’t prove anything. If I sound upset it’s because I am, but I wanted to give my fellow authors a heads-up just in case they are victims too.

If you have had similar issues with Kiss Library, or any other site featuring pirated work, please share so we can all hunt them down!

Update: I checked the site after a few hours and found all my books were removed as requested.

Update 2 – (August) Found three of my books back on their site, but they had changed the name to Kissly. Others have told me the actual books are not being sold at all – they take your money and give you nothing. Either way – these nasty scum need to be taken down for good!!!

Update 3 – (September) The same three books are still on their site and I submitted another DMCA request. There’s probably no way to win against these shitheads, but I don’t want to sit back and do nothing at all.

 

Author: Alexander Elliott

Alexander grew up in the Midwest, was compelled to attend private school, and ended up with an eclectic career. He’s still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. When not working to pay the bills, he loves to read, watch Star Trek, and laugh at Calvin and Hobbs cartoons. He also enjoys long baths, country music, nature photography, cooking and keeping up with his large family. Until recently, his writing included unpublished stories, music, poetry and drama scripts. Writing his first novel in 2016 changed everything, and he struggles to balance a boatload of ideas with very little time. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and romance. The author strives to create imaginative, generally upbeat stories with happy endings, making sure the bad guys get their comeuppance. He considers reading a chance to get away from it all and invites you to join him. If you enjoy Alexander’s work, he would love to hear from you. aelliottbooks@gmail.com

13 thoughts on “PIRATED BOOKS! – Beware of Kiss Library/Kissly”

    1. Me too. The sad truth is that for every one we catch, there are probably a dozen more out there doing the same thing. For all I know, the guilty party could be a Kiss Library staff member!

  1. Wow! How in the world did you find out that your books were on Kiss Library? I’ve never heard of them. Do the only sell your books in Ukraine or all over the world? That certainly stinks & you should be able to get your money for any sales from Kiss Library, since it’s their fault that the didn’t verify authorship. Wow, how low will people go?!

    1. I had never heard of Kiss Library before, but saw another blogger’s post and decided to check. Boy was I surprised! They didn’t even bother to change the cover, title, or author name, and were charging twice my Amazon prices. The site was all in English and using U.S. currency, but their main business address was in Ukraine. I have no idea how long it had been going on or how much money they made off it. I can only hope my work isn’t appearing anywhere else, but there’s no shortage of criminals and scumbags out there!

  2. I’m an author who has also been pirated by Kisslibrary. My puzzelment is how they got the files… cover art, inside graphics, they had everything I assumed was safely stored by Amazon. I do not have my book files stored on any place accessible via the internet, so there’s no other place Kisslibrary could have gained access to the material. So unless someone can explain to me how they might have stolen these files without Amazon being guilty or complicit I hold Amazon responsible, it is a direct infringement of Amazon’s own privacy contract! I have not received an explanation from Amazon, just sympathy and an assurance they are not at fault.

    1. Hi Bruce. I’m so sorry you were another victim of Kiss Library. Since I did not attempt to purchase one of my books from them, I have no idea if they ACTUALLY have the entire file or just the cover image. They were certainly lazy about it if they did have the entire book. All they had to do was create a cheap cover with a different title and author name and I would have never known! In any case, I suspect my books were pirated through a couple services I used for beta readers and reviews. Each required a book file, and if they could easily steal the content and sell it somewhere else.

      I have always assumed Amazon had measures in place to protect its authors, but I really don’t know if this is true. To put it bluntly, Amazon does not care and will probably always refuse responsibility for things like this, even if they are at fault. They are too big to fight and it makes me angry!

      Be sure to check back with Kiss Library on occasion, as I have heard pirated books tend to re-appear after a while.

      Chin up,my friend! Don’t let this nonsense stop you, and remember you are not alone.

  3. Hey Alexander,

    Sadly KissLibrary has been operating since 2017, its now 2019 and it is still online and kicking. We have recently discovered that the site is not actually hosting the eBooks its claiming to be selling. But instead Its an elaborate scam/scheme to just make a quick buck and run.
    You can read more about it on our twitter:
    https://twitter.com/pirat_io/status/1159265973041582082

    We discovered this when we tried buying an eBook of one of our clients with a dummy PayPal account to see if we would actually receive anything. Fun fact, we received nothing. They also tend to re-upload the pirated content after some time in hopes that the authors have forgotten about it and wont check again.

    KissLibrary has simply scraped the content from multiple (tons) of Amazon authors and put the data together in a webpage undercutting the authors prices in hopes of making sales.

    -Eric

    1. Thanks for the additional information! On the bright side, at least the actual content of my books wasn’t involved in their scheme. Arrg!

  4. Same happened to the book A glass of Yak’s blood by Vumika. There are a dozen sites selling an old version of the book as PDF than the one available at Amazon legally. how to handle these parasites?

    1. In the end, there’s not much we can do – and they know it. This world is full of scum who will do anything to make a buck and I’d like nothing better than to wring their thieving necks!

  5. Hi, just found one of my books on Kiss Library – fuming, but also hardly surprised. I’ve requested that they take it down. Thanks for your blog post. Yours philosophically, Bev Spicer .

    1. I’m glad the post helped. Warning other victims was the only thing I could do short of hunting the pirates down in person 🙂 I fumed for a while too, so you are not alone!

      1. I’ve written to Amazon with links and have asked what they can do/suggest, as most of the authors involved have their books published with Kdp. Now I’m going to have a glass of something and enjoy my evening. Thanks again, Alexander.

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