When Fortune published their article on Amazon Knock offs, these books were available. However, Amazon has since removed most if not all of them. I even tried to purchase the "Fifty Shades of Grey" knock-off "Thirty-five Shades of Grey" at Createspace, (I'd already purchased all three of the originals and was curious how close the knock-off was to the original) but it wasn't available for purchase there either.
The idea behind the knock-offs is to confuse the reader into purchasing the "wrong" book. It's not nice to fool your readers, so Amazon did the responsible thing and took these books down. Since most of these books were published by Amazon's Createspace self-publishing division, I doubt any sanctions were made against the authors, but hopefully Amazon will be more careful to make sure any books that could potentially confuse readers are properly identified in the future.
I wrote a previous article on knock-off covers, but these books are knock-offs on the material and the original books in question.
Below is a list of the books Fortune found.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James vs. "Thirty-five Shades of Grey" by J.D. Lyte
|This cover is not at all similar to Stieg Larsson's Book|
"The Girl of the Dragoon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson vs. "I am the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Karen Peebles (CD only)
"New Moon" by Stephanie Meyers vs. "Twilight New Moon" by Alexandre (no cover though the item is reportedly still available from Amazon through Coy24) Since Alexandre Desplat did the score for New Moon, I'm not sure if this is a knock off for the book, or the music. However, the listing for this item on Amazon has an "unknown binding" and sells for $7.57 with a $3.99 shipping charge.
"Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman vs. "Fast and Slow Thinking" by Karl Daniels
Moral of the story, caveat emptor. Make sure when you're shopping on the Internet that you are purchasing the item you intended to purchase.
For Fortune's article, please click below: