On October 31, 2011, I wrote about the Hephaestus Books scam, following a blog post by award-winning writer C. J. Cherryh. Since CJ spotted the problem, a variety of things have happened.
Several of us have passed the word. Writer P. C. Hodgell wrote a Live Journal post about my email to her. I know that several writers have complained to the Science Fiction Writers of America, however since they haven’t given me permission to comment, I can’t tell you their names.
Thanks to tips, I can now tell you that in addition to Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the Diesel Bookstore, Books A Million, Chapters-Indigo, Superbookshop, Abe Books, Abe Books UK, Discount Book Sale (which only has 3600 books – I talked to an online agent named Rachel and told her about the original article, hopefully she will pass it on to management).
The Sony Book Store joins Smashwords as being a Hephaestus free zone.
Lookupbook has a page on Hephaestus, apparently it is from Texas.
Goodreads has a really interesting Hephaestus page. They have a really good rating. I wonder how that could have happened? Methinks I smell a rat.
Starfleetlibrary has an article, and mentions a couple of other companies which have done Wikipedia reprints. Is Hephaestus related is their question.
James Nicoll has had some extra comments since his Live Journal was mentioned in the comments on my last article. One of the comments lead me to Jerry Pornelle’s site, Chaos Manor, where Jerry did some solid research.
But is it Doing Any Good?
Not so far. So tomorrow I’m picking up the telephone, and making some calls. I want to interview some people. If your phone rings, duck.
Monday November 7, 2011