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  AMAZON PIRATES UPFIELD BONY NOVELS

  

It's appalling for an Australian publisher to find that Amazon continues to pirate Australian books. You would think after ten years Amazon might actually remember what had happened - in that Jeff Bezos has always claimed “Wow we are the guys, and we just love affreciating Intellectual Copyright” – but no. Here’s our latest venture with the BezosMoth: 

On the 29 April I noticed three illegal pirated versions of Arthur Upfield's Bony books are up on Amazon UK published by Avarang Books. They are not on Amazon US, France, Germany, Italy or Australia - all who comprehend - I thought – even valued intellectual copyright. Well Amazon UK had removed our copyright items, and added three Avarang pirated versions, and you know - still haven't got back to me. They did however, put the whole thing over to Amazon US - I foolishly thought this a good thing. Amazon US holds all 29 Bonys that are firmly the original, corrected Upfield (and I have fought for ten years with them to get there). 

But after getting the message from Amazon UK, Amazon US put UP one of those pirated Avarang incomplete editions, and another one we thought we removed several years ago. Published by Amazon I believe. Published against intellectual copyright laws, because... well who cares, we don't look at our files, the contracts sent to us, we are just into what we can SELL to make them more money for the BezosMoth. Amazon has proved with this act they do not care for Australian copyrighted work. They don't respect internationally copyrighted work. So I think its time we look at Rianne Van Veldhauizein, the CEO of Amazon in Australia. I wrote her last year about a similar Amazon piracy, and didn't get a reply. I think she should sit in the chair and explain how and why Amazon continually pirates Australian copyrights internationally. A few years ago when Amazon were doing exactyly the same thing, I asked Bony how he would deal with it…. 

 

Bony Goes Up the Amazon
 

Chapter 1: Presidential Style
 

It was a golden day on Trump’s National Golf Course in Washington. It was a private game. The President was wearing chamois knickerbockers, with silver and gold golfing shoes, holding the club loosely in his little hands. He holed from three feet and smiled triumphantly at his playing partner, the man from Amazon. 

“Jeff, I can’t see you making this one,” said the President, using his club to indicate the fifteen feet between ball and hole. “No, no, you will be three down any moment now…” 

Jeff concentrated, he had prepared for this, most of his waking hours. He deftly hit the ball, but too wide. 

Trump gave a little dance around the hole. 

Looking up he noticed there was another man on the green, now fifteen feet away. Trump looked for his aides, who commanded the edges of his kingdom with their black suits, dark glasses and guns. He searched for his phone, and touched the distress button. 

Jeff approached his ball only to find a tall rangy Aboriginal tracker wearing sandy-coloured trousers and shirt, and a slouch hat, also standing above the hole. 

“Good afternoon, gentleman,” declared the stranger. 

“Where in hell have you come from,” said Jeff. 

“Australia,” said the stranger, softly, and with light smile, “but I have been watching your play from that bunker, over there, and it hasn’t been pretty.”  

“What are you do doing on my golf course,” yelled the President, on his toes now, “ this is prime private property and I have called my goons, so watch out.” 

“Maybe he has a weapon,” Jeff said quietly to the President.  

“No way he could have got in here with a weapon.”  

“I am here to see Jeff, as he is very hard to find outside the green,” said the stranger.  

This got their attention, as twelve black-suited armed guards ran the full mile towards them, from all directions, at speed.  

“You see Jeff, Amazon has been pirating all 29 Bony novels, for over a year now, dropping them in India, or Japan, or Canada, or printed in the USA. Amazon has held back ten of my Bony books from being available worldwide, so you can play pirate with them on the seven seas. How do you plead?” He spoke softly, noticing the position of all twelve security men getting closer.  

“I’m in the business of making money,” said Jeff, rising manfully to the task, “these books are probably out of copyright, what is it to you,”  

“What is it to me? …” smiled Bony, ”I am Bony, and you are stealing my character, making profit off my name and trademark.”  

“What is this Bony business,” asked the President, squaring up to Bony.  

Jeff shrugged his shoulders, “Bony was an Aboriginal detective, a tracker for the Queensland Police, and these books were written by Arthur Upfield over 50 years ago…” 

“I’ve been to Queensland to play golf,” said the President,” and I don’t remember ever seeing an Aboriginal detective. He’s just foolin’”  

“Afraid not,” said Bony, showing his credentials.  

“Napoleon Bonaparte?” said the President, in a state of wonder, “Great name!”  

“I want Amazon to stop pirating my name, and I will give you one week,”  

“Is that a threat?” said the President, whirling his club back and forth.  

“No it’s a simple request,” he said, handing a golf ball to Jeff. “This is the ball Trump failed to pick up on the 12th.”  

The President looked shocked.  

“Guards, seize the intruder, he may have a gun!” 

Jeff smiled at the President’s ball, at his mark, and pocketed it. Twelve exhausted goons jumped on Bony, who collapsed to the ground just before they pounced, causing several to crack heads.  

Bony was searched, and was soon rolling badly a cigarette.  

“He’s a cop,” said the goon, “from Orst-ralia. No gun, just a piece of bone,” he said, showing a desicated animal bone. 

“I wouldn’t play with that, if I were you,” said Bony.  

 

“Get him out of here!” yelled the President, but Bony was already at his side, with his hand outstretched. 

“Something you left behind Mr President… on the 8th…”, dropping another marked ball into the hole.  

The President flustered, flailed his club and Jeff quickly walked away, as Bony was escorted off the green by twelve brave men.  

 

  ALL NEW BONYS OUT WORLDWIDE

  

All 29 Bonys are now available worldwide, corrected for the first time, and issued in a uniform style as below. Any other "cover" will be a pirate copy, and not corrected. The 8 Bonys that have variant US titles (like Bony #1 - The Barrakee Mystery / The Lure of the Bush) have that title on the title page as well, and this title was extensively edited for the US market. So try and get this corrected Bony #1. 

All on Kobo, Apple, Google Play  now with more to follow. Amazon worldwide seems to only have 25, prefering to pirate #1, #23, #24 and #26 in Japan. We do hope they  might offer these 4 Kindles to fans instead of contravening copyright law.

  

  

Corrected paperback editions of Bony #12, #18, #19, #22, #23, #24, #25, #28, #29 can be ordered now on Amazon and your local bookshop anywhere:

  

   

  

     

  

AMAZON PIRATES AUSTRALIANS DURING COVID

So this is what AMAZON does to Australians during COVID19 crisis - 

PIRATE AUSTRALIAN COPYRIGHT WORLD-WIDE

REFUSE TO UPLOAD TEN BONYS TO KINDLE SO THEY CAN PIRATE SAME

EXPECT THIS PROCESS WITH OUR COVID19 DATA -

GOING TO AMAZON WEB SERVICES AND PIRATED WORLDWIDE, JUST LIKE BONY

  

Full article here.

  

AMAZON PIRATES BONY IN CANADA

We note Amazon Canada offers 15 illegal Bonys, including Bony #26 in print edition. All these editions are innacurate as well as pirated.  Once again Amazon staff and Jeff Bezos do not understand Canadian copyright law, or simply prefer not to deal the fact that before the 50 year period ended in 2014, Bonaparte Holdings, Upfield's company, transferred all of Upfield's copyrights to William Upfield in 2013, specficallly to protect the author in the new ebook formats. like Kindle.

Noted for the Courts and the Australian Government, Tom Thompson, 30 April 2020

  

AMAZON PIRATES IN JAPAN

Despite repeated requests and absolute knowledge by Amazon that the copyright-holder of all Upfield titles, grandson William Upfield, is a "living copyright-holder" under Japanes Copyright Law, and all Kindles being created before the 50 year rule ended in 2014; Jeff Bezos does it again, prefers pirating than offer legal editions. This time ripping off the Australian owners with 16 PIRATE kindle editions in Japan. And our Australian Government wants to engage with - Prates! Time to protest in the courts.

Noted for the Courts, Tom Thompson, Publisher 26 April 2020

  

AMAZON PIRATES IN INDIA

What a surprise, Jeff and Rocco offer up Australian content illegally in India, wow; how many times do they need to read International Copyright law? Two lonely uncorrected titles in India, BONY AND THE BLACK VIRGIN and BONY AND THE MOUSE. Now we know how Amazon makes its money - in this case, STEALING CONTENT from Australian Copyright holders!

Noted for the Courts, 26 April 2020

  

AMAZON PIRACY OF BONY - AGAIN

Well a week after removing their illegal edition of BONY AND THE WHITE SAVAGE, Amazon is offered their own PIRATE EDITION of BONY AND THE BLACK VIRGIN, uncorrected and full of mistakes! This KIndle edition is copyright William Upfield 2013, and published by ETT Imprint.

To add insult to injury, Amazon France offers a PIRATE EDITION of BONY AND THE BLACK VIRGIN, but also a PIRATE edition of BONY AND THE MOUSE alongside our legal copyright edition.  Please remove directly.

  

Noted for the Courts, Tom Thompson, Publisher Anzac Day 2020

  

UPFIELD AUTOBIOGRAPHY OUT NOW AS eBOOK

320 pages, fully illustrated with colour photographs in the ebook. Absolutely brilliant writing showing us the full background of Upfield's life while setting up the first few Bony books.

  

AMAZON PIRACY OF BONY 

Well clearly Amazon can't read their own emails, as for the 4th time in 5 months, Amazon has created and offers a PIRATE EDITION of Bony # 26 as their own, uncorrected, and illegitmate.  So looks like Amazon CEO Rocco Braeuniger will be apperaring befotre the NSW Courts during COVID this week, as both publisher and the Upfield Estate again notes Amazon's deliberate attempt to take hold of an International Copyright item.

  

Noted for the Courts April 19 2020, Tom Thompson Publisher

  

UPFIELD - THE LOT - AT BOOKTOPIA!

This amazing bookshop offers everything in print as it happens:

All 42 ebooks! on this link:

All corrected editions in print: on this link:

Every Audio book in both CD and MP3, on this link:

 

BEYOND THE MIRAGE An Autobiography

Never before published this manuscript from 1937 will be published for the first time, full of rare family photographs. The ebook version will be mostly in colour. Upfield's own story from birth to the Snowy Rowles saga!

  

OUT IN APRIL - WORLDWIDE

BCorrected editions of Bony # 15, #16 & 17

  

OUT NOW WORLDWIDE - CORRECTED EDITIONS

You can get Bony #1 through to #10, corrected edition, and now Bony #11 , #13 & 14

  

AMAZON PIRATE EDITIONS PERSIST

Wow. So Amazon pirates Upfield #26 BONY AND THE WHITE SAVAGE in December, then January, and again in February 6 2020 they have another go at DESTROYING AUSTRALIAN STORIES despite international copyright laws. I do think it is time we ask the Australian Government agencies to defend us now. So, three times in one month? What are you thinking Mr Rocco Braeuniger, of Amazon Australia - do you so despise Australian titles that you allow this to happen so often on your watch. 

Oh here is Amazon's Chloe Haines last response for their January piracy...

Amazon respects the intellectual property of others and takes potential copyright violations very seriously.  Our customers trust that when they make a purchase they will receive authentic products, and we take any claims that endanger that trust seriously. On the rare occasion we learn of a potential issue with a book, we take appropriate action. I can confirm we have delisted the below mentioned book (Bony and the White Savage).

  

Noted for the Courts, Tom Thompson, Publisher 6 February 2020

  

Despite Amazon Australia removing their pirated edition of Bony #26 at the end of December, we note that Amazon is offering up again this same pirated incorrect version of BONY AND THE WHITE SAVAGE as their own worldwide on January 20 2020. While other platforms like Apple, Epub and Kobo offer all 29 legal copyrighted Bonys, Amazon have been depriving their Kindle readers of this, prefering to PIRATE Australian stories. Amazon claims "to respect the property rights of others", but in the case of Arthur Upfield, they are both disrepecting the rights holder and their Kindle readers.

Noted for the Courts on 21 January 2020, Tom Thompson Publisher

  

Amazon Australia offer a corrupt and pirate edition of BONY AND THE WHITE SAVAGE as their own Kindle, which seems to be the way Amazon Australia treats Australian copyright - by ripping off Australian copyright-holders. Instead of our corrected edition  (currently in paperback worldwide) Amazon treats the publisher of this great author with contempt. 

Noted for the Courts on 23 December 2019, Tom Thompson Publisher

  

BOLINDA AUDIOS OF EARLY UPFIELD NOVELS

John Derum has recorded the first audio editions of the classic early Upfield novels for Bolinda and these are now available worldwide:

BREAKAWAY HOUSE - 

GRIPPED BY DROUGHT -

HOUSE OF CAIN -

  

BONY KINDLES BACK ON AMAZON!

Fourteen corrected Bony books are back on Amazon worldwide, with many more to come!

  

BOLINDA BONY AUDIOS - 3 OUT NOW

CAKE IN A HAT BOX, BONY AND THE KELLY GANG and  BONY BUYS A WOMAN 

Available worldwide as CDs, MP3s or download

https://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep?keywords=Arthur+Upfield&productType=917507

  

CORRECTED EDITIONS OUT NOW

THE BONE IS POINTED, THE BACHELORS OF BROKEN HILL and THE MYSTERY OF SWORDFISH REEF are now available worldwide on all platforms in paperback.

  

BUSHRANGER OF THE SKIES, DEATH OF A SWAGMAN and BONY AND THE WHITE SAVAGE are available worldwide in paperback.

  

  

ALL UPFIELD TITLES NOW ON GOOGLE PLAY

All 29 'Bony' crime novels, and 7 other works are now available as ebooks on Google Play:

  

https://play.google.com/store/books/collection/20:search_cluster:5?clp=ogEaChBhcnRodXIgdyB1cGZpZWxkGAEqAggAMAU%3D:S:ANO1ljJ6kbM

  

ALL UPFIELD TITLES NOW ON ITUNES

All 29 'Bony' crime novels, and 7 other works by Arthur Upfield are now available on iTunes

  

https://itunes.apple.com/au/author/arthur-w-upfield/id341926170?mt=11&bookPage=2#bookPage

  

Great Melbourne Cup Mystery now an eBook

You can sample and buy on Amazon Kindle and iTunes

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Melbourne-Cup-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01M3PAG1W/ref=sr_1_41?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1481954962&sr=1-41&keywords=arthur+upfield  

  

Beach of Atonement out now

  

  

One of the hardest books to find has been Upfield's novel from 1930, now published for the first time in Australia, and available worldwide on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Atonement-Arthur-W-Upfield/dp/1925416496

  

  

Two new Upfields - eBooks

  

ETT has just published two great volumes of Upfield stories, both selected and introduced by Bony specialist Kees de Hoog. Both out now on Kindle and iTunes on these links:

https://www.amazon.com/Down-Real-Australia-Arthur-Upfield-ebook/dp/B01HFSQUBW/ref=sr_1_21?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1466840765&sr=1-21&keywords=arthur+upfield

  

https://www.amazon.com/Up-Down-Australia-Arthur-Upfield-ebook/dp/B01HFSQV5C/ref=sr_1_22?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1466840808&sr=1-22&keywords=arthur+upfield

  

A memory of Oliver Lodge

Arthur Upfield wrote several books while living at Oliver Lodge in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, between 1940 and 1946, with The Devil's Steps (1946) and An Author Bites the Dust (1948) both being set around these "Australian Alps". Our picture below shows Anne Upfield at Oliver Lodge (photograph by Arthur Upfield, courtesy his grandson William Upfield)

  

  

Also of interest is this memory piece of a later family in Oliver Lodge, from an anonymous Bony fan, just received:

My family bought the dilapidated house in approximately 1984. It was previously lived in by a hippie commune, complete with exotic plants growing in the middle of the half acre of blackberry vines on the block next to the house (where the current car park is). The alder trees in the front yard had been ring-barked by their goat that had been chained to these trees. In the first month of living there the central loungeroom ceiling fell in over our heads.  Over the years my parents restored the house and created the structure of the garden you see today.  My parents both artists ran an art gallery from Oliver Lodge. My mother wrote books from the room (that was originally the verandah where Anne was standing in the photo) but when we lived there it had been filled in and used as the sunroom. As far as I know our art gallery was the first commercial business operating at the premises. They lived there for about 13 years. It was then sold and used for various commercial enterprises including a doctors surgery/general practice, B&B accommodation and various owners have used it as a café.

  

Oliver Lodge had an extremely peaceful and creative atmosphere about it. It was extremely cold in winter before we had gas heating put in, so I don't know how the Upfields managed without electricity and good heating!! The original kitchen had a beautiful view of Silvan reservoir. I loved sitting by the four fireplaces and was always impressed by the grand brick pylons on the front and side entrances.  It was an unforgettable house to live in and will always have a special place in my heart. It is particularly special knowing that the great Arthur Upfield and his family also lived in it many years before us. 

  

  

NEW BOOKS OUT NOW

  

ETT has just produced new editions of these hard to get books, now available as paperback and eBooks on these links,- see link below:

  

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AArthur%20W.%20Upfield

  

Or downloads are available from iTunes on this link:

  

https://itunes.apple.com/au/author/arthur-w.-upfield/id341926170?mt=11

  

THE GIFTS OF FRANK COBBOLD - Upfield's biography of the NSW pastoralist was written in 1935. THE MURCHISON MURDERS - Upfield's own take on the Snowy Rowles Case - has been augmented with photographs. FOLLOW MY DUST was only ever published once in 1957, and is generally coceded as Upfield's autobiography as told to Jessica Hawke. Illustrated.   

  

Four New Upfields out as eBooks

  

Four rare early Upfield thrillers can now be found on Amazon and iTunes, with Nook, Mobi and other formats following in May 2015:

GRIPPED BY DROUGHT, BREAKAWAY HOUSE, A ROYAL ABDUCTION and THE HOUSE OF CAIN... as Kindle...

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_3?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AArthur+W.+Upfield&page=3&ie=UTF8&qid=1432028630

AS iTunes...

https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/arthur-w.-upfield/id341926170?mt=11

  

  

All Bony books soon available in print Worldwide

All 29 Bony books are now being corrected for publication beginning July 2016.

Our official proof reader on this undertaklng is aptly named - Alec English, seen below with his heroic English barge.  Publication will occur simultaneously in Australia, the UK and the USA beginning in May. Stay tuned...

  

  

  

All Bony eBooks available now

          

All 29 Bony books now at Barnes & Noble on NOOK:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Arthur-W-Upfield?dref=2207

  

All 29 Bony books are available as Kindles on Amazon :

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=kindle+%2B+arthur+upfield&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Akindle+%2B+arthur+upfield

  

All 29 are available now on iTunes :

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/arthur-w.-upfield/id341926170?mt=11

  

All 29 are available on Android here:

http://play.google.com/store/search?q=arthur%20w.%20upfield&c=books  

 

  

Arthur Upfield on Facebook

Fans of Arthur Upfield can now check out an official Facebook page set up by his grandson William Upfield, which already includes several finds from the Bonaparte Holdings author files. Absolutely recommended on this link

  

Boney Audios out now!

Bolinda have produced three fine unabridged audio books which can be ordered from anywhere in the world. MURDER MUST WAIT ; THE LAKE FROME MONSTER and THE WIDOWS OF BROOME. You can sample each of these and order all Boneys on this link to Bolinda.

http://www.bolinda.com/aus/search/results.aspx?/1/BC2A3442-0482-4E50-B44C-7C639B9CEC68/10/1/1/1/1/1/1/31/419/4/upfield

  

Boney Bibliography In Progress

  

Jan and Bill Ford (pictured below with a box of Scribner editions) are compiling a full bibliography of every variant printing of Arthur Upfield's detective series as published in English. The most unusual side of this project is that they actually seek to have a copy of each of these books.  They are currently searching for copies produced by J. Hamilton in England and would like to hear from you. Their contact is wpjzford@centurylink.net

  

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BONY AUDIOS

Out now from Bolinda Audio

  

THE HOUSE OF CAIN - audio sample here

  

Available here:

http://www.bolinda.com/aus/search/results.aspx?/2/2C76D80A-F0AC-435E-B55C-40ECDF25550A/1/6/1/1/1/1/1/4/Upfield  

Available here:

http://www.bolinda.com/aus/search/results.aspx?/2/C181F103-4659-42D1-A664-97829406DA06/1/11/1/1/1/1/1/4/Upfield

  

  

THE BARRAKEE MYSTERY:

A Bolinda Audio book, read by Peter Hosking is now available in MP3 and CD - available directly here:

http://www.bolinda.com/aus/search/results.aspx?/1/BC2A3442-0482-4E50-B44C-7C639B9CEC68/1/5/1/1/1/1/1/31/419/4/upfield

  

  

  

UPFIELD NOVEL LOCATER

  

This link will enable you to locate the background places that Upfield used in creating the BONY classic crime novels. Once you are in, just click on the one of the books on the left hand menu and Google maps does the rest!

  

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en_US&mid=1N-UnDuduXdVlIpQfQQvB8eutbco  

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