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Novels by Karin Fossum: Black Seconds, Calling Out for You, He Who Fears the Wolf, When the Devil Holds the Candle, Don't Look Back
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message 1: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra | 108 comments I stumbled across this "book" by accident.

I say "book" with quotes because it's clearly not what the title implies, "Novels by Karin Fossum (with a list of titles)", but rather one of those photocopied-an-article-out-of-Wikipedia type scams meant to fraudulently get money out of people who mistakenly think they are getting anthologies.

Its description does admit it's "nonfiction commentary," (which I view as a covering-their-posteriors disclaimer) and rather alarmingly says that buying this book gives you a "free" "trial" membership in their "book club" which sounds disturbingly like a pirate site.

Of the handful of people who listed this book, the majority have set their profiles to "private," so I have no way of knowing who they are or what they have done onsite.

This "book" screams spam to me. It violates the spirit of what a book should be. It is a cheap printout of readily-available public information with a wildly misleading title designed to confuse potential buyers.

GoodReads ought not to let itself be used by hucksters and scam artists.

Can this "book" be deleted from the database?


message 2: by Paula (new)

Paula (paulaan) | 7027 comments There have been lots of discussions about these type of books, the official line is that they stay.

If you do a search in the Librarian's Group on Books LLC then you will find the discussions


message 3: by Shay (new)

Shay | 179 comments Alessandra wrote: "I stumbled across this "book" by accident.

I say "book" with quotes because it's clearly not what the title implies, "Novels by Karin Fossum (with a list of titles)", but rather one of those pho..."


At the very end of the description, it has a web address. I'm pretty sure that we can delete any information on how to purchase a book from the description.


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