All My Amazon eBooks Have Been Taken Off the Shelf!

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Just a heads-up to anyone who is using PLR to publish ebooks on Amazon: KDP is cracking down hard on anyone with duplicate content. You'll get the following email:


Hello,

Weíre 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 kdp-quality@amazon.com.

Best regards,

Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com
Lessons learned:

1. Don't believe every crap WSO that comes out about Amazon publishing! I had 22 books up, which only took a long weekend to "write" (more like format) and publish. I wasn't making a ton of money on them, maybe $60 over 2.5 months. Still, it was one of my first tastes of online success--albeit small--and to have it yanked away is a kick in the pants.

2. Of course anyone with more than half a brain (I stand disqualified, for obvious reasons) knows that you can't just take raw PLR and slap it into an ebook template and publish it.

3. Amazon is tightening up BIG TIME. This is Amazon Panda!

The takeaway? I'm going to continue to use PLR as an idea base for my ebooks. There's a lot of great PLR material out there, but you have to be a good enough writer to be able to put it all into your own words. Amazon craves unique content for its customers, not a bunch of recycled crap!

Anyway, I'm sure a bunch of us got those emails this week! Just wanted to gnash my teeth for a bit. Thanks!
#internet marketing #amazon #ebooks #plr #shelf
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Yep - This was bound to happen.

    I couldn't believe there were people running wso's telling others to grab PLR content and throw it together and call it a book and build an "Amazon book empire".

    All the "create a book on Amazon in less than 10 minutes" crap was like lighting the touch-paper on an Amazon clamp-down.

    It's only been good for me since I always create new content for my books and don't even use PLR as a starting place, but I do feel sorry for the suckers who got told to do this by people they were regarding as experts helping them make money.

    There's certainly still scope for creating useful books and using existing material as the basis for content elements, but reprinting PLR has always been a spammy way to try and bring value to people without a lot of changes to make it unique and valuable in its own right.

    How would YOU feel if you bought 5 books on your favourite subject and found out they were all the same with different titles? Pissed off I would imagine.

    I think it's a good thing and once again should only be a concern for people who were trying to game the system rather than offer new value to people.

    Andy
  • Profile picture of the author Nathy Curiel
    I bought a WSO about and in the beginning it worked. But offcourse is was bound to happen some day
  • Profile picture of the author brobdingnagian
    Hi Andy.

    Thanks for weighing in. Yep--I learned that lesson the hard way!

    Ah well, at least I'm a decent writer and, as the US Marine Force Recon is fond of saying, "Adapt! Improvise! Overcome!"

    And I digress...

    Have a nice day.
    • Profile picture of the author cpaman
      I got nailed too. I even hire a full time person for this project. Silly me! I've moved them over to writing articles for our sites.
  • Profile picture of the author brobdingnagian

    I got nailed too. I even hire a full time person for this project. Silly me! I've moved them over to writing articles for our sites.
    I was less than a month from hiring a VA and scaling this up. I guess I dodged that bullet! Phew!
  • Profile picture of the author wealthydon
    What else do you expect? Online business has become a
    breeding ground for mediocrity (NOT YOU IN PARTICULAR!)
    and people are becoming lazy by the day.

    NO creativity any more. Just REGURGITATION of all the old
    stuff.
  • Profile picture of the author brobdingnagian
    +1 wealthydon.

    The whole time I was formatting those books and slapping em up on Amazon, a nagging little voice in the back of my mind kept saying, "boooooolllshiiiiiiiiiiittt. boooooolllshiiiiitt."

    Shoulda listened.
    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Danielle Clarke View Post

      Considering that you've just been slapped down by Amazon, I think you've got a really good and admirable attitude.

      You're one step ahead of most in that you already know how to format for Kindle. PLUS you've figured out the correct way to use good PLR: someone else has done the research for you, but it still has to be entirely rewritten.

      In the big picture, cleaning up Amazon can only be a good thing. Good luck, brobdingnagian, in getting back up and running again with unique and valuable content.
      Amen to that.

      It's all to common to see people come here and just bitch and moan about how unfair something like this is when deep down they knew they were creating crap.

      It's refreshing to see someone who's open enough to take it on the chin and learn from it without the victim mentality.
    • Profile picture of the author ureshii
      There's a template for that? Where can i get it? =P
    • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
      Next time listen and obay!

      You got outed and drew attention to this forum in a negative fashion.

      Amazon Dumping Copycat "Private-Label" Ebooks - The Consumerist

      Your forum user name is named in the post and a link to this thread is included.

      Originally Posted by brobdingnagian View Post

      +1 wealthydon.

      The whole time I was formatting those books and slapping em up on Amazon, a nagging little voice in the back of my mind kept saying, "boooooolllshiiiiiiiiiiittt. boooooolllshiiiiitt."

      Shoulda listened.
  • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
    Lol if it didn't work on Amazon. Try Barnes and Noble, as well as iBooks, maybe they don't have much content police in their management
    • Profile picture of the author LegitIncomes
      Originally Posted by siocowiz View Post

      Lol if it didn't work on Amazon. Try Barnes and Noble, as well as iBooks, maybe they don't have much content police in their management
      I hope you are joking.
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    You won't get a lot of sympathy from a lot of people for putting garbage on Amazon and expecting them to keep it there.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...on-kindle.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ess-model.html
    • Profile picture of the author Contentpimps
      Hi Suzanne,

      I asked this in another thread, but could your "mobile site" app also be used on a laptop, desktop, etc? Also asked about .mobi, can you use this for both "formats"? Thanks, newbie questions I know...
  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    Another magic pill and shortcut to success dies.

    What a shocker.

    Put up unique quality content that may involve...*gasp*...WORK and you'll be fine.

  • Profile picture of the author nnsjw702
    There are many more options available other than amazon. My advice, just don't stick to what everyone do, try each and everything.
  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    I just got that email yesterday. Funny, I noticed that the other listing for one of my ebooks was taken down off of Kindle. That's good because it was someone else's listing for my ebook. Now, only my listing is up there which is the official copy of my book.

    I applaud what they are doing over there on Amazon!
  • Profile picture of the author David Chung
    What's to stop someone from swiping your (non-Amazon-listed) ebook and listing it on Amazon as their own ebook though? If they do that before you do, does theirs become the 'official' listing? How does Amazon tell who's the real author?
    • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
      Originally Posted by David Chung View Post

      What's to stop someone from swiping your (non-Amazon-listed) ebook and listing it on Amazon as their own ebook though? If they do that before you do, does theirs become the 'official' listing? How does Amazon tell who's the real author?
      That's a good question. I actually contacted them a while back telling them that the other listing was not mine and they have to remove it. Amazon only recently removed it so I'm glad they zapped the right listing.

      Also, I have the words "Official Copy" in my description. I don't know if that helped or not.

      My author name matches my Amazon username which is on the ebook cover, so I'm assuming they put two and two together.
  • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
    Is it possible to have your eBook on Amazon published under your name (first)- and then sell it as PLR as well.

    Can you have your cake and eat it too?
  • Profile picture of the author brobdingnagian
    Congratulations on getting on the front page of arstechnica now if only you could have had a link in there
    Wonderful, now my idiocy is truly on parade. LOL. Oh well.

    I have since added a link to my sig.
    • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
      Originally Posted by brobdingnagian View Post

      Wonderful, now my idiocy is truly on parade. LOL. Oh well.

      I have since added a link to my sig.
      I was too polite to say that ... but it did cross my mind!

      hmmm is a PLR product quite the right sig link in the circumstances
  • Profile picture of the author sadiecopywriter
    As a ghostwriter for years (and a newbie to Internet marketing) I must say I'm little stunned. I was under the impression you're always supposed to rewrite PLR. In fact, unless I'm doing a specific paragraph by paragraph rewrite for a client, I just treat it like research and ideas and rewrite from the ground up.

    Some PLR articles are very good. They're a great starting point. But you have to assume everybody's already using these exact same articles. It's better to combine them from multiple sources to create one good piece of work.

    In fact, one of my biggest writing jobs right now is rewriting PLR for my clients so it's not even identifiable as the article it started with. People choose me because they know I can produce a brand-new interesting article from a pretty common PLR.

    Mercedes
    writetherightstuff.com online writing services
    • Profile picture of the author Doot
      The main thing is to keep your head up and keep trying Your attitude after you got slapped is very good, don't let this get you down just keep pushing
  • Profile picture of the author sifiauthor
    I've had people using this program STEAL from me by taking sections of my books and posting them as their own. Why not do something unique-- write your own damn book? Amazon may just kick you off, but I've retained a lawyer. If someone copies any of my books beyond fair use, you'll be paying in court. Already got one down. Going after the rest.
  • Profile picture of the author Link
    I agree that producing your own high quality content is the way to go. I also agree that using PLR material for ideas, concepts, and even good phrases and titles can work great.

    These products take longer to create, but hopefully that will make you think more about the niche you're in, the customers you're targeting, and the product you're delivering before you put it up. Getting all these things right, plus high quality content, will translate to much better results anyway.
  • Profile picture of the author Christian Chan
    Originally Posted by brobdingnagian View Post

    Just a heads-up to anyone who is using PLR to publish ebooks on Amazon: KDP is cracking down hard on anyone with duplicate content. You'll get the following email:



    Lessons learned:

    1. Don't believe every crap WSO that comes out about Amazon publishing! I had 22 books up, which only took a long weekend to "write" (more like format) and publish. I wasn't making a ton of money on them, maybe $60 over 2.5 months. Still, it was one of my first tastes of online success--albeit small--and to have it yanked away is a kick in the pants.
    You should ask for refunds. These WSO sellers clearly have no interest in your success. They resort to outright lies.
  • Profile picture of the author waken
    Congratulations for discovering it that early. Failure is roadblock that you have to pass before reaching success.
  • Profile picture of the author brobdingnagian
    Congratulations for discovering it that early. Failure is roadblock that you have to pass before reaching success.
    You said a mouthful there, bud. It was a harsh lesson, but I'm glad I learned it before I was too invested.

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