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Amazon warning: Misleading Ebola books cash in on crisis

Amazon warning: Misleading Ebola books cash in on crisis
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Ebola is on everyone's minds. The serious disease has killed thousands in West Africa and now it's arrived in Dallas along with other suspected cases popping up in several major U.S. cities.

It's no wonder people want more information about the threat and good information on how to stay safe. Unfortunately, many people are turning to the wrong place - Amazon.

As soon as the Ebola story broke, self-published authors got busy writing books on the disease and handing out safety tips. The problem is that most of the authors aren't doctors, they have no medical training and their information is usually wrong.

Some claim that 90% of the world's population will be dead by 2016, while most misrepresent how Ebola works. The safety advice ranges from taking vitamins to wearing a hazmat suit everywhere.

That's bad enough, but it gets even worse: The books are incredibly popular.

The "Ebola Survival Guide 2015" is now one of the top-selling e-books in the health category. When I looked it was number 42 in the "Health, Fitness & Dieting" category and number 3 in "Disorders & Diseases."

While Ebola is certainly serious, misinformation leading to unsafe practices or panic makes the disease spread faster. So, be sure to steer clear of sensationalist books and articles.

Instead, get your information from credible sources. I've assembled a number of links here you should check out.

Now, I've told you many times how you can make money self-publishing e-books. Just do me a favor and stick to writing things you actually know about.

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