In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, we share this post by Kimberly Hitchens, founder of Booknook.biz, which originally appeared on the Crime Fiction Collective site on 10/4/11, and was reprinted on Publetariat in its entirety with that site’s permission.
- First, one of our top authors received a letter from Amazon, informing him/her that “During a quality assurance review of your title, we have found the following issue(s): Typo/formatting issues exist that may have been caused by an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) problem. An example is mentioned below:
“Don’t forger that” should be “Don’t forget that”.
Whereupon Amazon then advised him or her to: “Please look for the same kind of errors throughout and make the necessary corrections to the title before republishing it.” (Italic emphasis added). The interesting part is that this book wasn’t scanned, nor OCR’d; and it was professionally edited more than once. Amazon only provided the one instance of an “error.”
- Another client, having crafted some rather unique content, had deliberately written scenes that were incoherent, to represent a protagonist in a comatose state. Amazon flatly yanked the title after customer complaints about the unreadability of the text.
What this tells me is that Amazon, having purged innumerable over-represented PD (Public Domain) titles, and every PLR (so-called, “Private Label Rights”) book they could find, have decided that they are going to tackle the issue that everyone’sbeen talking about: