Patrick Reames earned over $20,000 selling books on Amazon last year.
Reames, a credited author who’s earned money selling books on Amazon in the past, first learned of the mistake after receiving tax paperwork from the company.
His 1099 form reported almost $24,000 in income, all from selling books via Createspace — Amazon’s self-publishing arm that allows anyone to sell their work on the platform.
He told Brian Krebs, from Krebs on Security:
Based on what I could see from the ‘sneak peak’ function, the book was nothing more than a computer generated ‘story’ with no structure, chapters or paragraphs — only lines of text with a carriage return after each sentence.
Computer-generated writing with a $555 price tag; this isn’t something destined for the best seller list.