Monthly Archives: March 2016
Important for authors only.
Amazon is an extremely innovative company – and usually quite responsive to self-publisher’s concerns – but sometimes it gets things very wrong too.
Today is one of those times.
I’ve received several reports from writers threatened with having books removed from sale, and heard even more worrying stories from others who had their titles actually removed from the Kindle Store without notice.
What were these authors guilty of? What crime did they commit for Amazon to adopt such heavy handed treatment? Something completely innocuous: the Table of Contents was at the rear of their books instead of at the front.
Yep, that’s it.
We’ll get to what might be the root cause of this crackdown in a moment, but Amazon is claiming that having a TOC in the end-matter instead of the front-matter is a breach of the (ever-changing, 100+ pages) Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF). Amazon says that rear TOCs result in…
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I think you have noticed that not a lot is going on at the Independent Bookworm’s Blog at the moment. That’s due to RealLife(TM) interfering again. Some of us have health issues, others (like me) have kids with special needs. And sometimes all the time consuming obstacles (also called chances-to-make-new-experiences) hit at once. That’s a trying time.
To get this blog back to a more regular schedule, I’m trying to get some new authors to join us. I’m sure you’ll appreciate more diversity. It might take another month or two until I found the right ones to share our journey. Until then, why don’t you grab one of our books?