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The Big Amazon Lawsuit Self-Published Authors Need To Know About | Writer’s Relief

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against a publishing company to stop a practice called “book stuffing,” which involves recycling passages from some books in order to create new books from them. The lawsuit also tackles the problem of using robots or “clickfarms” to artificially inflate numbers. Although the lawsuit is directed at a specific company, this Forbes article found by Writer’s Relief is a warning to self-published authors who may have used these practices.

… an Amazon subsidiary filed in federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award against British book publisher Jake Dryan and his companies, relating to claims that the publisher’s companies abused Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), the Amazon self-publishing program. According to Amazon Digital Services LLC’s petition, Law360 reports, the self-publisher breached Amazon’s terms by using bots or “clickfarms” to inflate page views and manipulate their ranking. However, the petition also identified another practice in violation of Kindle’s terms: The act of “combining selections of works they had already published into purportedly new books.” It’s a much-hated move that’s called “book stuffing” by the self-publishing community. While book stuffing is a minor element in the arbitration case, Amazon’s win is the first indication of a legal precedent against the practice.

Learn more about the Amazon lawsuit here.

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2 Responses to The Big Amazon Lawsuit Self-Published Authors Need To Know About | Writer’s Relief

  1. Unfortunately, we are not lawyers and therefore cannot offer legal advice. We would recommend contacting a publishing or copyright lawyer with your situation.

  2. I am an author of a children’s book and I am realizing that their are poachers in very industry. My book was slashed in half and I called amazon/ create space (shut down) and Kindle requesting immediate removal I can’t believe the run around that I have received. long holds, hoops and log ins that have been impossible WHY CAN’T THEY UNPUBLISH? INSTEAD THEY are sending me through the hoops, I think they are stealing artis and their work and making money on all of us making it almost impossible to get your book off of Amazon. They so far have high jacked my book and after one hour of shuffling I can not get any help of getting my book off Amazon.

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