Kindle Is No Longer Accepting Public Domain Titles

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For those of you publishing public domain works,
just a heads up that Kindle is no longer accepting
them.

from Amazon DTP support...
"We're working on a policy and procedure change to
fix some Kindle customer experience problems, such
as multiple copies of public domain titles being uploaded
by a multitude of publishers. For an example of this
problem, do a search on "Pride and Prejudice" in the
Kindle Store. The current situation is very confusing for
customers as it makes it difficult to decide which "Pride
and Prejudice" to choose from. As part of this change
in procedure, we are no longer accepting public domain
titles through DTP."

Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    I wonder why they don't have the same policy for paperback and hard cover books? I mean, which version of Pride and Prejudice should I buy? The one from Penguin Classics, Arcturus Classics, Dover, Oxford World's Classics, Miniature Gramercy Classics, or others? I am so confused.

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  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    This is likely fallout from the George Orwell debacle, where they discovered that the publisher selling the Kindle versions of the books did not have the rights. (The publisher had wrongly assumed the books were in the public domain.)

    Too many people do not understand public domain, and/or do not do the research to determine the status of a book. It is much easier to manage this way. That said, the same issue can come up with print books, too. There, though, Amazon may have less potential liability.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
      I think you're probably right about that. I just submitted
      my first Kindle book today so I'm interested to see how
      long it takes to get approval/go live.

      Brian

      Originally Posted by IdeaLady View Post

      This is likely fallout from the George Orwell debacle, where they discovered that the publisher selling the Kindle versions of the books did not have the rights. (The publisher had wrongly assumed the books were in the public domain.)
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