Google AdWords Seeks Suckers Via Wal-Mart

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:


Click = big

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:


Click = big

And notice the bottom part of that page, highlighted in red:


Click = big

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!

Sponsored Links

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.

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3 responses to “Google AdWords Seeks Suckers Via Wal-Mart

  1. This might actually be one of the infamous scams, although I’m not giving them MY info to see-

    There are a number of these things set up where people will PAY the fees and attempt to download and nothing. the so-called reviews and positive feedback are just lies.

    Usually you can check because they’ll let you search and if you type in the most absurd phrase like… OIAHJOIHGKJHA, it will tell you… WE HAVE THAT! Or books that aren’t finished yet? WE HAVE THAT!

    This one is harder, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s another scam one.

  2. Yep – it’s a scam – and I was caught by it. it just looked way to good to be true, but since the site was hosted on ClickBank I knew I’d get a refund so I paid my money just to see what was behind the door. And it is just a link to feedbooks – which is free!

    ClickBank actually disappointed me here because they didn’t issue a refund or reply to my email telling them that this is a scam – and here was me thinking they pre-vetted all products on their marketplace. Luckily for me PayPal came to my rescue.

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