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Amazon needs to fight the wave of spam ebooks now and block their ‘spauthors’
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  • April 5, 2011
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I had no idea that there were such spammy ebooks creeping into Amazon’s KDP self-publishing platform.
Yes, spam ebooks. Now that self-publishing on the Kindle, and other platforms, is free, easy, and the submission process is obviously able to be automated, ultra, prolific spauthors are popping up in the Kindle Store.
Dont believe me? Spam ebooks – wha? – you say?

A post on Library Journal via TeleRead proposed that, since Google’s push to crack down on content farms in search, spammers may move into the brave new world of ebooks.

Well guess what – it’s already happened. Check out this guy/girl/team, which I found on Publishing Trends the other day. The greaat Kindle Swindle is their headline. Three thousand-plus titles and they all look the same, save for a slightly differing title (I’m assuming that’s a restriction of the KDP, no identical titles).

Where does he/she find the time? Answer: he doesn’t. Someone wrote a script, and it’s probably the autopilot Kindle Cash software picture on that site. Ugh.

On Impact Media’s Digital Marketing Blog about a month ago, Mike Essex posited that Google’s moves to reduce the effectiveness of content farms might make e-books the next attractive frontier for search-engine spammers.

Essex suggests that a number of factors including the inefficiency of most e-book platforms’ copyright checks, the ease of slapping books together, the high royalty payouts, and the strong web ranks of most e-book platforms make e-books look very good to the sort of people who used to make a business out of scamming search engine hits.

He argues that e-book platforms really need to take a more proactive stance in dealing with this sort of exploitation of their systems, with measures such as integrating plagiarism detectors, verifying rights to blog-sourced content, making it easy to report stolen content, and spot-checking books from authors with suspiciously high numbers. He notes that if e-book stores are overrun with this sort of content, it makes legitimate e-books look bad as well.

You can say that again, Cecil. If buyers lose confidence in the quality of the books in the Kindle store – or iff the legit books start getting crowded out by non-books such as the ones in the pic above, well, you just can’t have that if you want to be any sort of authoritative or go-to ebookstore.

You certainly can’t have it if you want to be the big player. Frankly, I can’t understand how Amazon has allowed this much in already.



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