Unfortunately, people are trying to game the Kindle Direct publishing system by loading it with garbage material that barely qualifies as a book. It’s making a terrible customer experience for readers, and it will have ramifications for authors.
I'm an even-tempered person by and large, but one of the things that gets my hackles up is spammy “books” on Kindle. The problem is that because Kindle Direct publishing (KDP) is free, people are finding all kinds of ways to game the system and publish steaming piles of poop onto Amazon.
While Amazon is cracking down on “books” that are nothing more than private label rights garbage with a new cover and title, there is still way too much useless material being belched into the system.
Here's an article from Reuters. It's a 3–year old article as I publish this, but it points to an ongoing issue of QUALITY books.
Stick with me after the excerpts for some thoughts on writing a LEGITIMATE and worthy book!
Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing
Thousands of digital books, called ebooks, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense.
Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.
These ebooks are listed for sale -- often at 99 cents -- alongside more traditional books on Amazon's website, forcing readers to plow through many more titles to find what they want.
Aspiring spammers can even buy a DVD box set called Autopilot Kindle Cash that claims to teach people how to publish 10 to 20 new Kindle books a day without writing a word.
This new phenomenon represents the dark side of an online revolution that's turning the traditional publishing industry on its head by giving authors new ways to access readers directly.
Have Times Changed?
That Reuters article came out 3 years ago, and KDP is definitely on the lookout for spammy books, but that hasn't stopped greedy entrepreneurs from selling package that promise to help you crush it, make a killing, and all sorts of other AGGRESSIVE, war-like ways of talking about raking in cash by mass-producing garbage and publishing it on Kindle.
here are 3 helpful guidelines for Kindle publishing.
- Remember that a book is a relationship between the author and reader. You won't grow a true legacy with a , poorly written private label rights book or set of articles.
- Publish YOUR work. That's how you build YOUR legacy.
- Write the book directly to your ideal customer, not a generalized “someone out there.”
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Follow your B.L.I.S.S.,
Ronda Del Boccio
bestselling author, speaker and mentor
Creator of the BLISS Butterfly system