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message 1: by Krazykiwi (new)

Krazykiwi | 1767 comments I don't want to call anyone out, so I'll keep this hypothetical.

Assuming I ran across an author who spent a good deal of time removing a dozen or so of their books (removing the covers, all ISBN and ASIN info, publisher, and finally changing the author.) Further given these are indie published books, but quite popular ones, one that wasn't even published yet had over 600 shelvings, and some of them had several thousand ratings, so having a bunch of no-cover, untitled, no-author books would in this specific case be affecting a LOT of readers.

Is it worth me, as a wee librarian, sending them a polite note pointing them to the GR policy, or should I contact staff and ask them do it? What do you do when you run across someone behaving contrary to GR policy?

message 2: by Emy (last edited Mar 15, 2013 11:21AM) (new)

Emy (emypt) | 5033 comments This has happened before - will try to dredge up the thread :)


message 3: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (last edited Mar 15, 2013 11:26AM) (new)

rivka | 43496 comments Mod
We do suggest contacting the author first, and perhaps politely linking them to an appropriate bit of the Help/Manual or Author FAQ (such as or

If you get no response after a week or so, or a response that is less than helpful, please do send a message via the Contact Us link and a staff member will look into it.

message 4: by Krazykiwi (new)

Krazykiwi | 1767 comments Thanks :)

It's not a back and forth (yet) and probably not malicious, just a misunderstanding, so I will drop them a note and hope it's all sorted out. I guess we'll see soon enough.

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