Moco News reports:
Today Bits reports that commenters on Warrior Forum—the site where those autopilot Kindle cash DVDs are sold—have found Amazon yanking their PLR content. An Amazon spokeswoman told the NYT, “We have worked steadily to build processes to detect and remove undifferentiated or barely differentiated versions of e-books.”
Here’s the e-mail from Amazon that one Kindle spammer pasted into Warrior Forum:
We’re contacting you regarding books you recently submitted via Kindle Direct Publishing.
Certain of these books are either undifferentiated or barely differentiated from an existing title in the Kindle store. We remove such duplicate (or near duplicate) versions of the same book because they diminish the experience for customers. We notify you each time a book is removed, along with the specific book(s) and reason for removal.
In addition to removing duplicate books from the Kindle store, please note that if you attempt to sell multiple copies or undifferentiated versions of the same book from your account, we may terminate your account.
If you have any questions regarding the review process, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindle Direct Publishing
Amazon has been doing this for almost a year now. It seems to send these notices out in rounds. I imagine it takes a while to cycle through the content that is listed, then they have to do it again for all the new stuff that has been posted since last time! Amy
I wonder what this means for public domain books.
I imagine PD books have a specific tag which would avoid them coming up in copyright-related searches. This is about stealing someone else’s content and passing it off as your own (very like the Calibre-Hamster article). You can do that with PD works, but only the obscure ones. Imagine trying to convince people you wrote one of the soliloquies from Hamlet — yesterday. 😉