Update: See bottom of post!
Original post title: Google AdWords Promotes Piracy Via Wal-Mart
So I was going to do a post about eBook devices that included Wal-Mart.
As part of the research, I searched for “ebook” at Wal-Mart’s site.
None of the listed eBook devices are carried in stores, so I decided to search my local store, but I saw this:
Curious, and highly suspicious of that first offer yet disbelieving what I was seeing on Wal-Mart, I clicked through and got this with an autoplay audio sales pitch:
And notice the bottom part of that page, highlighted in red:
And let me call out that one explosive bit:
None of the Harry Potter books are officially in eBook format.
This is a service that enables easy access to pirate sites!
And both Google and Wal-Mart are pimping it!
Walmart.com’s Sponsored Links are provided by the Google AdWords™ program. Companies pay for these links to have their products and services appear with specific search terms. These listings are administered, sorted and maintained by Google.
Clicking on sponsored links will take you away from Walmart.com. The website you link to is not endorsed by Wal-Mart.
All you publishers looking to Google Editions as your savior — what are you thinking now?
Update: Oh, this is hilarious! It’s not piracy at all. It’s a sucker play. In the true spirit of Never Give A Sucker An Even Break, both The Novel Network and its cousin, MyiPadMedia, give out links to Feedbooks! See this for The Novel Network, this for MyiPadMedia. Thanks to @EvilWylie on Twitter for assistance.