Amazon has implemented a policy that alerts publishers and readers when the Kindle ebook quality on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is below standard.
Authors and publishers who ignore sub-standard quality issues may face negative consequences.
Hopefully, this move will lessen the number of Kindle scams that have no place in self-publishing.
A range of warning messages can now appear on an ebook’s sales page on the Kindle Store.
Amazon’s Kindle quality guide
The warnings highlight very clearly that the ebook files have content issues.
Also, quality concerns that Kindle ebook buyers raise can lead to an ebook sales page carrying a quality warning.
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has a help page on the topic, Guide to Kindle Content Quality.
It gives full details about all issues concerning ebook quality.
However, this short excerpt clearly states that there are two possible results from publishing sub-standard ebooks.
The combined impact on the reading experience of a book with excessive Distracting or Destructive Issues can lead to the book being removed from sale until the corrections are made.
A moderate amount of Distracting or Destructive Issues can result in the book remaining available for sale, but with a temporary quality warning displayed on the detail page of the book on Amazon.com until corrections are made.
The penalty for poor ebook quality is the possible addition of a warning message on a book’s sales page.
A notice such as the one above will certainly stop book sales.
An ebook can be removed
If the publisher doesn’t address the issues, KDP may remove the ebook from sale and add notices as per the examples below on the sales page.
Of course, each of these notices will stop sales in an instant, and no author in their right mind would want them.
Not only do these warnings dissuade ebook buyers but also buyers of print books.
If the ebook version is full of errors, there is no doubt that the paperback will be equally as bad.
Amazon highlights poor-quality ebooks
I think this crackdown by Amazon is well and truly overdue.
Most hard-working self-publishing authors will wholeheartedly welcome the initiative. It can only help reduce the number of Kindle scam publishers.
Critics of self-publishing have used examples of the very worst self-publishing can offer. It then tarred all self-publishers with the same brush.
Amazon’s action, then, in taking a strong position to remove the trash, is a huge and positive step forward.
Some authors ignore the quite lenient KDP spellchecking system suggestions at the time of publication.
But now, there are consequences for not fixing the issues.
Sadly though, this new warning program is only available on amazon.com at present.
One can only hope that Amazon will roll this feature out on all their Kindle Stores as quickly as possible.
How to report poor Kindle ebook quality
It is not a pleasant thing to have to do.
But sometimes, you may want to report an ebook that disappoints you.
It could be because of poor formatting issues, grammatical errors, or lots of careless typos.
If you wish to, you need to go toward the bottom of the page to the feedback box to report an issue.
Once you click the link, you can then complete a form with the details of the issues you have experienced.
As ebooks can display in various ways on different devices, you should, in fairness, note your device in your submission.
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