Saturday, May 26, 2012

Amazon finally gets tough on junk titles. IPG e-books are back (5,000 of them))

The Bookseller reports the welcome news (for many) that:
' In a note posted on its Kindle Direct Publishing forum, Amazon said it that it would no longer "accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content".

Amazon said it would continue to accept public domain content, but said it may not allow it to be sold if "its content is undifferentiated or barely differentiated from one or more other books." '

See the article for what the ramifications may be. Kindle-Edition subscribers can use Menu/Article Mode after they click through to the story, to read it more easily.

Am still on vacation but sending along news items if they might be interesting.

ALSO, paidContent's Laura Hazard Owens reports that IPG and Amazon have finally made an agreement to bring back 5,000+ books at whatever terms are bearable for both parties.  No one seems to know what those terms are. But paidContent has printed IPG's statement to their authors, and they are not charging authors whatever working fees for the affected period.

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