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Is Kindle Self-Publishing Being Spammed To Death?

Keep Spam Out!

Self-publishing spammers are crapping all over Kindle’s self-publishing platform and stinking up its rep!

Kindle needs to hire … dare I say it … a police editor! Hell, why not, the publishing industry has an editor for everything these days … even editors to edit the editors. 

This from Digital Trends by Jeff Hughes :

Spam Storm Clogs the Kindle Self-Publishing Platform

Amazon’s Kindle self-publishing is getting clogged with super cheap low quality spam.

The Kindle’s ebook store has become a new outlet for self-publishing spammers in the past few months, forcing users to wade through a growing number of low-value, subpar content to get to the titles they want. This recent trend may be damaging to Amazon’s push into self-publishing and may even dig into the Kindle’s reputation, hurting the 10 percent of business Citigroup analysts say the product will account for in 2012.

Spammers are exploiting something known as PLR content, or Private Label Rights. Though there is potential for this work to be of high quality, PLR allows someone to grab informational content for free or for very cheap on the internet and reformat it as a digital book. The form of PLR these spammers use tends to be poorly written, generic and lets them put anyone’s name on it, slap a catchy title and churn it out for 99 cents. Amazon then pays out 30 to 70 percent of the revenue.

Sometimes these ebooks will just be stolen content from actual work. Reuters points out a case concerning a New Zealander and her debut historical novel which she found being sold on the platform under a different author’s name. The case was resolved by Amazon’s British team, but it points to a larger issue. Reuters cited Internet marketer Paul Wolfe, who explained that the common tactic involves copying an bestselling ebook and repackaging it with a new title and cover.

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Kindle Self-Publishing, Another Success Story

Dan Holloway Experiences Online Publishing Success

You can register a digital version of your work on Kindle and they will also print on demand…Your work will be available in electronic as well as print formats…And any author can upload books for the Kindle.

Just ask Dan Holloway for details of his recent success…A cool (new ?) author with a hot new thriller series.

This from The Oxford Times:

Self-publishing author wins fans through web

AUTHOR Dan Holloway is reaching out to thousands of fans and even winning favour with some over top city authors Evelyn Waugh and Colin Dexter – all thanks to the internet.

The 39-year-old administrator is getting his thrillers into the hands of fans in print and electronic format via the World Wide Web.

Mr Holloway began writing aged eight and, since 2007, has written four books for the electronic Kindle device which are printed on demand.

Until now his biggest selling book notched up 300 sales – but last month The Company of Fellows sold 1,766 copies in the UK alone. This has seen it ranked 63rd with retailer giant Amazon, which has also ranked it as the 57th bestselling Kindle book.

Publishing on demand sees authors register an electronic copy of their work with a company which then prints and sends books when orders are received. Any author can upload books for the Kindle.

Mr Holloway said: “Self-publishing is all about independence and freedom to do what you want, when you want, to write in lots of different genres and once you have got the technical stuff set up it is very easy to do.

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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle Self-publishing Platform Worldwide

Kindle is debuting it’s self-publishing component, Digital Text Platform (DTP), worldwide… Authors can now publish their own content almost instantaneously.

Desire Athow, writing for ITProPortal, puts it this way:

Amazon has announced the expansion of its Kindle self publishing solution, otherwise known as Digital Text Platform, that will allow authors to push out their own content.

The scheme, which was only available in the US previously, will support English, German and French languages, but neither Mandarin or Spanish, two more popular languages. Amazon has confirmed that it will be adding more languages to the Kindle in the forthcoming months.

Published works can then be sold through Kindle store to customers across the world who can download them to their Kindle devices over the air for a fee of which Amazon will keep 65 percent (ed: that is shocking).

However, the DTP is not without flaws, as reported by Betanews’ Tim Conneally, Kindle supports only Latin-1 ASCII alphabet and ignores the nine other ISO 8859 8-bit alphabet sets.

The Kindle DX e-reader is expected to be launched over the next few days in the UK and in more than 100 other countries for around £350.

Observers anticipate that DTP might lead to a significant increase in the number of litigation as right holders dispute ownership of titles across various territories.

Amazon hasn’t described the details of its vetting process but it is likely to have a simple, but effective one to cope with the massive amount of publications the system is expected to receive at launch

Our Comments
This is essential if Amazon is to make a head start in big-gadget consuming markets in Asian countries. Furthermore, Apple’s forthcoming tablet is likely to be very adept at supporting the more complex and intricate Asian character sets.

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