It used to be that if you wanted to hornswoggle an author, you put an ad in one of those writing magazines advertising yourself as a "literary agent looking for new authors." (legit agents don't advertise, ever)
Now, you can just steal their work.
From Shelf Awareness this morning:
Kessinger, Whitefish, Mont., which says it uses "advanced technology to publish and preserve thousands of rare, scarce, and out-of-print books," appears to do so with low regard to copyright laws--so much so that its website invites copyright challenges. For an account of the ugly side of POD, see Denny Hatch's blog entry about Kessinger's apparent theft of his father's copyrighted 1947 biography of Franklin Roosevelt.