Christian Author Tish Harrison Warren Asks for Help and Prayers After Amazon Sells $240,000 Worth of Counterfeit Books

Real and fake copies of Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. | InterVarsity Press

Tish Harrison Warren, a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, asked her supporters for help and prayers Monday after learning from her publisher, Intervarsity Press, that Amazon had sold some $240,000 worth of fake copies of her book.

“Someone (or a group of people) has made high-quality, fake copies of Liturgy of the Ordinary, and taken over the ‘buy’ button on Amazon under a fake name; when Amazon customers purchased my book, counterfeit books—not ones from IVP’s warehouse—were sold and delivered. When this happens, IVP gets no money from or record of the purchase, and I get no royalties. Counterfeiting books and selling counterfeit books are crimes,” Warren explained on her blog.

“We don’t know how long this has been happening, but IVP estimates that it’s been happening for around 9 months (though we can’t be sure without a more thorough investigation) with a loss of around $240,000 in retail sales. Suffice it to say, this represents a significant loss of profits, and shrinks my counted sales numbers, which may affect future contracts and advances,” she added.

InterVarsity Press said in a statement that after they filed a formal complaint, Amazon, the online retail giant, removed the re-sellers of the counterfeit editions from its store.

“We are grateful for Amazon’s response to our complaint and its expressed openness to hear directly from us if we encounter counterfeit editions in the future. We consider Amazon a valued trade partner and recognize the extraordinary place it occupies in the global supply chain for books,” the publisher said.

The company further noted that they have also taken steps to more closely monitor how their products are sold on Amazon and said part of the reason they chose to go public with the issue is to raise awareness about the issue of counterfeiting in publishing.

“Unfortunately, we do believe that there are other authors and publishers who will find themselves in a similar situation. It is our hope that by exposing what has happened with Liturgy of the Ordinary we will raise awareness of counterfeiting among publishers and readers alike,” the company said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair