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Amazon Seems to Be Playing Fair, after All . . .


Five days ago, I published the post, Do We Have to Worry about Amazon Being Heavy-Handed Again? Amazon Label Warning

I reported on a story about Amazon putting warning labels on e-books that have typos and other errors; but, I expressed my wariness about what was being said in the quoted article from goodEreader

I also asked for a heads-up if anyone saw more about this issue

I saw more

First, was an attempt at damage control by the author of the article I’d blogged about—What authors need to know about the new Kindle warning system.

The information in that last linked-to article should have been in the first article

Then, I saw that author John Doppler, in his post, Snark: Amazon’s New Warning Labels, has a wonderful graphic about the warning issue (which you’ll have to take the link to see)—it could be worth a visit, you may have a couple chuckles :-)

In the text of that article, John links to his other article, No, Amazon Will Not Penalize Your Book for a Typo.

Let me first point out that John (in the caption for an image of the author of the first two articles I linked-to) wrote this:

Good E-Reader’s founder, Michael Kozlowski, has a history of posting inflammatory clickbait.

So, my suspicions about Mr. Kozlowski’s first article seem correct (though, I’m a bit embarrassed that I took up a whole blog post about it…) and my judgement about his second article feels justified.

Mr. Doppler sums it up nicely:

“If Amazon’s screeners confirm that a book has issues, there are two possible actions.

“For errors prominent or numerous enough to detract from the reader’s enjoyment, Amazon will place a warning banner on the product’s page alerting customers that the item is under review. Authors and publishers will then have an opportunity to correct the issue and promptly remove the warning banner. (Amazon has already been doing this for years; they’re just expanding the conditions that can trigger an alert.)

“Errors that render the book unusable or incomplete or books that violate Amazon’s Terms of Service will be removed from sale.

“That’s it, friends. Nothing malign, nothing alarming. Just an improvement to quality control that won’t affect any professionally edited and formatted book.”

Thank you, John :-)

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Do You Own Your E-books?


I remember the first time I heard that Amazon can take e-books back after you buy them—I felt violated…

But, I recently published my second e-book, this time directly with Amazon, and discovered I have some control over what they do.

I discovered, as the author, that I could choose whether or not the book had DRM applied.

I chose to let the reader have some say—without DRM the purchaser can copy the e-book to another device and e-book format.

Of course, the person buying the book needs to know they have these options—I feel most readers don’t know…

And, today I opened one of the email subscriptions that helps me find things to blog about and saw an article from Good e-ReaderDo We Need Consumer Protection for eBooks?

I encourage you, whether you’re a writer or reader, to take that link and read the full article; but, here are just a few excerpts:
{ apparently, they didn’t know an author can control DRM on Amazon—many authors don’t know… }
“When Amazon sells you an an eBook for the Kindle they have the right to remove it at any time. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is referenced and Amazon can take your books away if it finds you’ve been naughty.”

“There are only a few online bookstores of note that do not sell their books using Digital Rights Management (DRM) and allow for a somewhat clearer path of ownership.”

“Ebooks now account for 27% of all adult trade sales. With this much money at stake and more customers adopting them, consumer protection for digital books is going to be needed.”

Do we really need some kind of governmental control?

Is it possible for e-retailers to realize their business would actually be more secure without DRM?

If you’d like some really good reasons why DRM is silly and dangerous, check out the video at my past post, Distributors of Books Are Oppressing Authors?

What are your thoughts and feelings about who actually owns e-books?
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