BE Warned - Forget About Trying PLR on Kindle (KDP)

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Hi Folks,

I know there have been many versions of what you should and shouldn't do on kindle - this just happened yesterday - so it's fresh info..

I, like many here have more than my fair share of plr stuff on my hard drive, so I decided to extensively rewrite and publish one of them....

I made a completely new cover, re did the contents, which were actually a compliation of seven reports and I added two more chapters...... the result...

Within a few hours I got a response asking me why I was publishing content which was freely available online, and asking me to prove what right I had to publish it.....

I responded suggesting that much of what is published is freely available online, and that someone has taken the time to research, compile, design cover etc. I also had to produce the licence I was given, you know - the pdf file with plr rights etc.... otherwise they wanted details of all the websites I had taken this information from!!

I posting the response below....

"Please be advised that you must hold exclusive publishing rights for books that closely match content that is freely available on the web. If your catalog continues to contain books that fail to comply with these conditions or do not meet our Content Guidelines, your account may be terminated."

they also gave me a link to their Content Guidlines....

"Public Domain and Other Non-Exclusive Content
Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content. For example, if you received your book content from a source that allows you and others to re-distribute it, and the content is freely available on the web, we will not accept it for sale on the Kindle store. We do accept public domain content, however we may choose to not sell a public domain book if its content is undifferentiated or barely differentiated from one or more other books"

I hope you find this useful - and it keeps you on the right side of KDP - on the upside, at least they didn't shut me down

Jim M
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  • Profile picture of the author petemcal
    Thanks for the info, I'm not a kindle publisher myself but it's interesting to hear about how they actually go about enforcing these rules etc.

    Back to the drawing board I guess, good luck for your next launch!
  • Profile picture of the author 100KAffiliateManager
    Amazon cracked down on publishing PLR on kindle a while back. Not surprising really, as there were tons of identical PLR books (just different covers and authors). It's best to use completely original content now otherwise you stand a good chance of having your account closed.

    I had a few books up at the beginning of last year (rewritten content) and some did quite well but when Amazon decided to get tough the books were kicked out - got a response similar to your. Now I only publish original content, very small scale at the moment though.

    At least they do give you a warning and explain what the issue is so that you can rectify the situation. All in all, I think that it was an excellent decision on Amazon's part.

    Chow chow,
  • Profile picture of the author GAVROCHE
    Jim, your post will help a lot of people thinking of starting to publish on Kindle.

    Newbies should know that Amazon started to take action against PLR in 2011 (Oct if I remember well...) which is great, Google is on his way to do the same, anyone without original content will be penalized.
    PLR can be useful for Kindle publishers only as a source of information to write something different using several PLRs and other sources.
    Public domain available on digital form online should be avoided too.
  • Profile picture of the author Jason Wolfe
    Wow Amazon must've teamed up with Google
  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    About flippin Time!

  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Good info for newbies to Kindle. Writing books take work, and you either are willing and able to do that work yourself, or you'll need to find a quality writer and pay them to produce original books for you. These are the only two options for those wanting to make Kindle their main business opportunity.
  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    PLR lovers, time to find new marketplace.
  • Profile picture of the author johnpea
  • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
    PLR can be great for research, and you can certainly use it as a starting place for your organizing, outlining and writing of unique content. It doesn't need to be discarded simply because you cannot use it as is.

    If you want to publish to the Kindle, everything you submit should be unique. It's always good to run your content through Copyscape, particularly if you are getting your writing outsourced.
  • Profile picture of the author HelpingYouBeAnExpert
    it sucks! I think with my bad grammer and spelling I will not have this problem, lets see I'm about to put my first kindle out can't wait to see why they will ban me!
  • Profile picture of the author Mary Davis
    PLR can be a great resource to create your own free reports or bonus products, but not for Kindle.

    This is another example of how important it is to know your marketing platform and their terms of service. Glad they at least give you a warning first.
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    KDP just recently closed shop on merchants who were selling PLR. But, there's alot of money to be made from using your products and selling them on your website. Not sure if Smashwords works in the same way.
  • Profile picture of the author aroth
    I'm glad they did, marketers will kill the marketplace loading it with crap PLR. Thank you kindle.
  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Guys this has been going on since late last year at least.

    Even heavily edited PLR, it's a no go on Kindle and for good reason.

    Old news here, just someone who's come across it for the first time. No offense to the OP Jim M, of course.

    About time?

    No, it's already been going on...if you want to be a part of the most powerful book/ebook marketplace in the world, come up with original, unique content. Simple.
  • Profile picture of the author vCr8
    IMHO... PLR should be fine to be used as freebies... Not on kindle, it might be good enough though if you have completely rewritten it from contents to graphics... Well in that sense it is a whole new one not just a PLR..
  • Profile picture of the author xparte
    You might have a problem even if you write original content. My book was not accepted at KDP at first with a claim that it wasn't an original work(it was 100%), although it was published just fine. It took several emails until someone did a manual review and enrolled it in KDP. They didn't explain, but I just presume that the subject matter (traveling on frequent miles and points) gave them a pause, because it could look like PLR, I guess.

    I even offered to send them a copy of my Copyright Certificate from the Library of Congress, which I believe is a good idea to have just in case.
  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    It still baffles me that anyone thought putting PLR on Amazon and selling it as a book would be good in the first place. To make it worse, you even had some so called "experts" here on the forum selling courses on how to do this and they end up causing many people to have their Amazon accounts banned for life.
  • Profile picture of the author TeamTCW
    However, in term of banning an account, Amazon is not so strict as Google Adsense.
  • Profile picture of the author Monetex Marketing
    Thanks for the heads up! I was planning to do something similar but now I am dropping the plan.
  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Be wary of stuff that's already in the public domain. I got a copyright message from YouTube saying I'd used a commercial track.

    Well I did some research and it turns out that somebody else had copied the original open source track and claimed ownership of it!

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