Amazon Crackdown On Poor Kindle Ebook Quality

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Amazon warns readers about poor Kindle ebook quality

Ebook authors and publishers who ignore quality issue warnings at the time of publishing, or later, on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) now face the reality that readers will be warned that their ebooks are sub-standard.

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, highlighting very clearly that the ebook files have content issues.

In addition, quality concerns that have been raised by Kindle ebook buyers can also lead to an ebook sales page carrying a warning.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has a help page, Guide to Kindle Content Quality, which 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 until corrections are made.

So the penalty for poor ebook quality is either ugly warning messages on the sales page, or removal of an ebook from sale and more nasty notices as per the examples below.

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Each and every one of these notices are of course an instant sales killer, 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 an ebook is riddled with errors, there is no doubt that the paperback will be equally as bad.


Poor quality ebooks should be highlighted

From my own viewpoint, I believe this crackdown by Amazon is well and truly overdue, and that it will be wholeheartedly welcomed by every hard-working self-publishing author and will help reduce the number of Kindle scam publishers.

For too long, critics of self-publishing have used examples of the very worst self-publishing can offer, and 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.

If an author ignores the (quite lenient) KDP spellchecking system suggestions at the time of publication, then let them suffer the consequences.

Sadly though, this new warning program is only available on at present. One can only hope that Amazon will roll this feature out on all their Kindle Stores as quickly as possible.


How you can report a poor quality ebook

It is not a pleasant thing to have to do, but sometimes you may want to report an ebook that disappoints you because of poor formatting issues, abundant grammatical errors or lots of careless typos.

If you wish to do this, you need to go to the bottom of the book page to the feedback box.

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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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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

30 thoughts on “Amazon Crackdown On Poor Kindle Ebook Quality

  • June 11, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I wondered how long it would take to have such action, and I welcome it. I’ve downloaded some awful offerings that were completely unreadable,
    However, I have also published, and got a troll determined to do down my book, a troll other authors were suffering from. I have to say that I had duly checked my book, and sent it to two different editors, who combed it before I rechecked and published. We still all missed a typo on the first page. (which I subsequently corrected.) What do Amazon do about trolls and vexatious complainants? Do they check to see if there is substance to the complaint? Would a couple of typos really bring down their dreaded yellow veil? or are they looking for a more sustained set of mistakes?

  • January 27, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I write paranormal with a lot of Latin. I get spell check warnings all the time for Latin words this is going to be a night mare with Amazon’s track record with KDP non-support.

    • January 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      The spellchecker plays absolutely NO part in the quality Crackdown. You have to have readers complaining about mistakes, not some list of errata from the automated spellchecker. As this has been in place for two years now, if you haven’t been whacked yet, you probably shan’t be.

  • January 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    In the history of law, with so many latin maxims, and german principles, is difficult to have a grammar supervision for ebooks on law.

  • September 4, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I read a lot of books on my Kindle, and the Kindle ipad app. I find it really distracting from the story when I find errors in the books.

    Thanks for putting together a guide on how to report the errors properly.

    I just saw the ‘quality issue’ alert for the first time on Amazon Canada today so it’s being used and I recently received an e-mail from Amazon stating a book I had purchased had an update available after being edited.

  • July 22, 2018 at 1:30 am

    It’s the readers that are the reporters. if you have an eInk Kindle, particularly, it’s simplicity itself to highlight a word, phrase, etc., and report it as being erroneous. You can select any number of areas of errata–typo, punctuation mistake, grammar, even plot holes.

    I’ve made extensive use of it for older, backlisted books that were out of print, like the Perry Masons, which were brought into Kindle via scanning. Some of them are rife with quality errors–tons of scan mistakes, some with 3-4 mistakes per screen, making it miserable to read.

    Anyway, that’s who is reporting the errors. The reporting mechanism tells you that a Kindle Quality Specialist will look into it–but I don’t know how well that works. I know that one of the Perry masons that I reported, that was particularly egregious, had reviewer comments from over a year earlier about typos–so apparently, some publishers choose to ignore the reports, and for some mysterious reason, no KQN seems to be issued, and no warning to the buying public, either.

  • June 29, 2018 at 3:50 am

    The feedback link is only on desktop site.


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