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Author discovers AI-generated counterfeit books written in her name on Amazon

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Upon searching Amazon and Goodreads, author Jane Friedman recently discovered a half-dozen listings of fraudulent books using her name, likely filled with either junk or AI-generated content. Both Amazon and Goodreads resisted removing the faux titles until the author’s complaints went viral on social media.

In a blog post titled “I Would Rather See My Books Get Pirated Than This (Or: Why Goodreads and Amazon Are Becoming Dumpster Fires),” published on Monday, Friedman detailed her struggle with the counterfeit books.

“Whoever’s doing this is obviously preying on writers who trust my name and think I’ve actually written these books,” she wrote. “I have not. Most likely they’ve been generated by AI.”

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