Dear Lendink


I don’t claim to know all the ins and outs of how this book business works, but I do know that I am offended on your behalf. Recently, your site was shut down because a group of authors decided you were a pirate. I visited your site. I read your FAQ page. I did some research and as far as I could discover you were doing exactly what you said you were doing.

I did NOT see any signs of a wooden leg, a hook where your hand should be, or a skull and crossbones flag hanging anywhere on your site. Nor did I see an eye patch, though you might have looked quite dashing in an eye patch.

I would like to take a moment to say thank you. Perhaps this is too late, perhaps not. I sincerely appreciate what you were trying to do buy leading readers by the virtual hand to the actual buy pages of the books I write and publish. I am constantly looking for new ways to market our books that do not require more time than I have to give. You did that, willingly, and legally, and you were cast out for your efforts.

::hangs head in shame:: I am sorry that not everyone felt the need to give you the benefit of the doubt and to take the time to figure out that you were acting on behalves and in fact doing us a FAVOR.

I would like to let you know that should you get your site back up and running, you have my permission to LEGALLY promote my books on your site. This goes for anyone who wants to LEGALLY introduce readers to the books of Echelon Press. Don’t steal from me, don’t distribute or lend our books without ensuring that the authors and I are being full compensated within our legal rights. But by all means, if you want to post covers and links to where readers can BUY our books LEGALLY, you have my blessing and my supports.

I am certain I am not the only one angered at your mistreatment. You can find another supporter at the blog of April L. Hamilton.


Karen L. Syed






3 responses to “Dear Lendink

  1. Karen, when this first came up on facebook, I too was appalled. My books were there and I hadn’t granted anyone permission. Then I looked deeper. All Lendlink was doing was offering people the ability to exchange their lending capability on a book for the ability to borrow a book they wanted. This only applied if an author granted lending as a part of their Amazon agreement. I lending wasn’t part of an author’s agreement, or no lending copies were currently available, all that would show on Lendlink were buy-through links to the authors book on Amazon so Lendlink customers could by the book. I looked on this as a positive for authors – one more way an author’s book could be bought, one more site where it was featured. It wasn’t piracy. I’m sorry to hear the site has been shut down.

  2. My Dear Widders,

    This link might help get you up to speed.

  3. OK, where have I been? What is Lendlink and what happened to them/it?

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