I’ve been doing research all morning and I just got intrigued about this guy. He’s an author on on Amazon. This guy is writing ultra-short stories and selling them for 89 – 99 cents in most cases. I saw one priced higher at $4.99. Keep in mind I’m seeing these prices in Thailand so I’m not sure if you see them as cheaper in the USA. Those that I see for $2.99 here are listed for $.99 in the USA, I know.
Anyway, this guy who calls himself Carl East from the U.K., is selling the hell out of these short stories.
How well is he selling them? One of his books, “Thai Beauties”, is ranked at 5,058 out of 700,000 books selling at Amazon Kindle. I’m ranked at 15,000 with my best selling book and I sell about 60 per month at that. Let’s say he’s selling 150+ with books with that kind of rank.
How many of these couple page “books” does he have?
Look for yourself – Click here to see Carl East’s books on Amazon Kindle.
Here’s the info for one of his books: My Little Girl
These are erotica books – possibly this one must be about incest with his daughter. Though I haven’t bought it to find out. Here is the description:
Sonia has just turned eighteen but has already been suspended from college, because of something she’s ashamed of. When her father finds out just what that something is, he’s in for the shock of his life. The contents of this story is of a graphic nature and is meant for adults only.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 16 KB
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.smashwords.com (May 23, 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003NSC55O
- Average Customer Review: No customer reviews yet. Be the first.
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,709 Paid in Kindle Store
- #98 in Kindle Store
This one is 16kB, but I saw one that was in total – 9kB, called “Thai Beauties”. I thought it was an error and the guy’s upload failed. Apparently not. That’s the ENTIRE book.
I guess it all comes down to… I’m just jealous. This guy has created 82 ultra short story books over the course of 7.5 months, and they’re selling pretty well. That’s an amazing success.
Uh oh. But wait, there’s more to discover here…
Where in the WORLD did he get the artwork for his covers? Am I missing something? Where can someone get photos of beautiful girls for covers of erotica at a rate that it makes sense for these short books?
He’s either: 1. Killing it. 2. Ripping off someone’s art. 3. He owns a porn company and has signed model releases to use the images for whatever he wants. Or, 4. He knows all these girls and they’re too happy to let him use their image for his books.
Oh look here… on one of his books, “Confessions of a Nymphomaniac” Mr. East left the girl’s name on the left side of the cover. Nice. Her name is Chloe Jones.
Here is the book cover at Amazon that Carl put up:
Click image to enlarge.
A quick Google search turns up a perfect match – she is a porn star in the USA.
Click image to enlarge and check out the big one on the right there…
Now, did Carl book an exclusive shoot with this girl for his $1.99 ebook at Amazon Kindle? Or, did she just give him her photo and tell him – “Feel free to use it any way you like Carl!”
Or, did he buy this photo from someone that has the rights? A possibility.
Is it a possibility that all of the incredible covers he uses for his ebooks are rip offs?
To me – oh yeah, that’s a very strong possibility, but of course I don’t know. Could it be that he just doesn’t understand how copyrighted images work? Could be. Maybe? I’m not going to report the image to Amazon because I just don’t know. Could I do it on suspicion? Nah, to me – the guy makes his own bed. If Chloe Jones finds out he’s selling books with her image I’m sure she has lawyers that would love a piece of his newfound success.
If he’s doing it all legit – he is someone we can all learn from. Anyone want to interview him?
Aw man, this guy is really writing some great stuff. Look at this description of his book of short stories:
The tales within this book represent my best sellers and are as follows: “Incest Urges” “My Little Girl” “My Step Father” “My Mothers Secret” “Big Sis” “Fighting the Lust” “My Son’s Slut” “The Mothers Sins” “My Son’s Friends” “A Fantasy Fulfilled” “My Step Mother” and “The thrill of the Chase” I’ve set the price to less than half of what the originals would cost you. The stories are of a graphic nature and are intended for adults only.
My Son’s Slut huh? Come on man… I might have to buy that just to study his book and see – how many pages IS that? LOL.
A number of his digital books were published at Smashwords.com. He probably has them other places too.
Just for shits and giggles I Googled him and found that he was kicked out of the APPLE store for his books!
Nobody says anything about the cover image being a rip-off. Hmm.
I’m going to guess that if he had the money to pay legitimately for the covers of his books he also could hire a graphics person to make a nice title and signature for him on the books – what he has looks like it was made with Microsoft Paint – or worse.
Well, good luck to you Carl…