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Initial post: Jan 7, 2014 5:34:20 PM PST
Stillwood says:
I found a site called Nuibooks which purports to offer PDFs of various books. But it looks suspicious to me and I am afraid to enter the information they request. Does anyone know of this outfit? Is it a site that is pirating books? I suppose the best idea is not to go there. I have not entered the information they requested as I was afraid it might be a malware site.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 5:39:44 PM PST
Artist says:
It depends on which books they're offering. If they're offering a free pdf of a book that's currently being sold elsewhere, then it's a pirate site or it's a scam.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 5:41:21 PM PST
Stillwood says:
The book I was looking for is by Monica Baldwin - I Leap Over the Wall - an old book that I did not think was available electronically (except on one site in a Daisy format that is restricted). Amazon only has physical copies.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 5:45:35 PM PST
Of course it's a pirate/malware site. It offers "free PDFs" that require "credit card validation" and are actually executables. Kudos for using your head when it felt "off."

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 5:51:31 PM PST
Stillwood says:
When I first looked at it and got as far as it asking for credit card info, I got scared and quickly backed out - fast - hoping I had not just made a bad mistake. So I will never go back there. I suppose this is one of those cases where an ebook is simply not in existence and I will have to break down and get the physical book. Moral of this lesson - stick to Amazon and other known legitimate sites. If it looks too good to be true, it is probably crooked. Thanks.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:01:24 PM PST
This is the site's Whois information.

Organization : Wu Ji
Name : wu ji
Address : baomibaomibaomi
City : anshun
Province/State : Shandong
Country : CN
Postal Code : 354128

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:13:59 PM PST
Stillwood says:
Good grief! I am obviously too naive to be allowed to wander around the Web by myself!!

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:18:35 PM PST
Looks you weren't naive at all, Stillwood, you did exactly the right thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 6:18:48 PM PST
Artist says:
At least you have a sense of humor about it. :-)

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:20:35 PM PST
Stillwood says:
Thanks to everyone. Hope you can all stay warm (enough). It is 11 degrees here in NC and I have to take my little dog out to potty before bedtime. I don't which of us is more reluctant to go! Thanks again to all of you folks.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:29:34 PM PST
My meager google translate skills lead me to believe that the word in the address line translates to something like secretsecretsecret.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 6:30:13 PM PST
Take care, Stillwood.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 7:03:02 AM PST
JJ Writer says:
I found this site when I googled myself. Seemed they were selling a free PDF of my bk. I had never heard of this site, & my book was never offered as free. I also wondered if it was really my book they were offering, or another book with the same title but not written by me. I got in touch with Preditors & Editors, & they said it seemed like a pirate site. Beware.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 7:21:07 AM PST
JJ Writer says:
I wish to add: no matter what you enter on this author's name, title, are directed to start the "free" download. I cannot check if they have my book, or any books. And you are prompted to enter a credit card # even though it's a "free" download! What the heck!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 7:39:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2014 7:39:59 AM PST
Frank Tuttle says:
Odds are, they don't have your book. Some of the scam sites are designed to actually deliver pirated ebooks (along with malware) after they get your credit card info. Of course what they really want is your card info, which they then sell in bulk to credit thieves. The ebooks are just there as bait, so you'll send your friends to the site.

The other kind of scam site is a bit more direct, and from what it sounds like Nuibooks is this sort. They get your card info. You get nothing. You can complain all you want; no one will care, and they've got your card info, and pretty soon you'll be displeased to discover your info was used to fund a stranger's wild shopping spree.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 2:10:03 PM PST
Actually, it's even worse. They will give you a download of whatever you entered, but it's actually an executable instead of a PDF. So they get both your credit card info and a new bot in their arsenal. Honestly, Sometimes I think the people that are greedy enough to do these things deserve what they get, but the problem is that it affects everyone else as well. There should be an IQ test to get online.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 2:25:06 PM PST
Stillwood says:
WOW - I really started something when I asked that question! It makes me shiver to think that I was looking at that site (although I immediately left when the request for a credit card appeared). I just got finished cleaning up from the Target mess (Citibank cancelled my credit card and issued a new one and we put security freezes on our accounts with the 3 credit agencies). It would have been really stinky if I had stupidly gotten into some other fix by not being careful. What I wonder is if many people actually give them their credit card info and then actually run an exe file (we have all been warned so many, many times about this stuff).

A Krupnik - I don't think it is so much needing an IQ test as the fact that so most people are honest and are surprised when others are not. I was not trying to get something illegal - the book I was looking for is quite old and out of copyright, so it was logical that it may have been scanned legitimately as so many books have been done by volunteer groups. But, of course, those groups do not want credit card information or anything like that. When the warning signs became apparent, I ran. Hope others have done the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 3:01:37 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
I'm assuming you've already checked with Amazon to see if they carry a copy of the public domain book (remember though, not all books that are out of print are public domain). There are legitimate sites that carry books not found here - and are two. You might want to check on those sites to see if the book you want is there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 3:05:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2014 3:06:33 PM PST
Camelfreak says:
I have just googled up this discussion after having found the "free" offer from nuibooks. Thank you for sharing this important information.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 3:06:53 PM PST
Do you know if the site is a hijacker?

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 3:38:27 PM PST
inkling says:
Do not trust "yehmedia" (claims free PDF books, etc.) nor enter any information whatsoever into their site.

Source: personal experience bummer (but acted quickly and recovered)


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2014 5:11:11 PM PST
Stillwood, I don't think that book is actually in the public domain. It was first published in 1949, and the author died in the 70s. If she and her heirs kept up with the renewals, it is still under copyright. If it was in the public domain, you would likely be able to find it on one of the legit sites like Gutenberg.

Rocker, I don't know for sure if the site is trying to hijack anything. I think a lot of those kinds of exploits are browser-specific.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 6:51:11 PM PST
This is some info I found about this website. I'd steer clear!

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 1:32:59 PM PST
Thank you all for this discussion. I came upon this site in a search for an out of print book and stopped to check before sending my e-mail to them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2014 2:58:40 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
How does it affect everyone else as well??
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