Amazon Cracks Down On Poor Kindle Ebook Quality With Warnings

Amazon Kindle Cracks Down On 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 Amazon will warn readers 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 Kindle ebook buyers raise can lead to an ebook sales page carrying a quality warning.

Amazon’s Kindle 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 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 this will certainly stop book sales.

poor quality ebook warning

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.

under review

review 2

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 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.

report an ebook

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.

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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34 thoughts on “Amazon Cracks Down On Poor Kindle Ebook Quality With Warnings

  • Avatar for Barry
    September 30, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    I have now had to edit most of my novels for typos (ten or twelve usually) thanks to the efforts of the reading police. One wonders if they actually enjoyed the story or if they’re like the folk that say I cheated with the clues (they are crime mysteries) or only seem to take pleasure in carping: “this is not the language used by writers of the 1920s” (not enough thee, thou and gadzooks, obviously). However, they do occasionally pick up some egregious howlers that slipped past both the author and his editor (wife) and I usually find something they’ve missed or that might be better expressed. All in all, I’ve come to see it as a Good Thing. (Unless I’ve lost the file. Then, not so much).

  • Avatar for Barry
    July 16, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    I often have dialect in my (eleven) historical novels. I hate to think what’ll happen if my troll (I know who you are, dear) cottons on to this. As someone else has said, you sell thousands of copies and get picked up by a single tiresome reader for just a couple of measly typos (one of which isn’t). Pulling up the manuscript, looking for and changing the damn thing and republishing all takes valuable writing time. Plus, — especially! — the nail-biting worry that something will go wrong. And suppose you no longer have the manuscript? Stuffed!

  • Avatar for Roslyn Renwick
    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?

  • Avatar for Kent
    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.

    • Avatar for Hitch
      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.

  • Avatar for Lawrence Leymonth
    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.

    • Avatar for Mary Brooks
      April 14, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      My copy of my Antonia by willa cather has become unintelligable

  • Avatar for Jabasco
    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.


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