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 Kindle ebook quality is 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. They highlight very clearly that the ebook files have content issues.
Also, quality concerns that have been raised by Kindle ebook buyers can lead to an ebook sales page carrying a warning.
Amazon’s quality guide
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has a help page, 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 either ugly warning messages on the sales page. Or possibly removing an ebook from sale and more nasty notices as per the examples below.
Of course, each of these notices is 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 the ebook version is full of errors, there is no doubt that the paperback will be equally as bad.
Poor quality ebooks highlighted
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, let them suffer the consequences of 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 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. It could be because of poor formatting issues, grammatical errors, or lots of careless typos.
If you wish to, you need to go to the bottom of the page to the feedback box.
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.