Amazon Authors Beware
Even Amazon makes mistakes.
If you’re publishing on Amazon, stay informed and vigilant!
Richard Mulder’s experience on Amazon is something that many published authors may not have experienced.Nonetheless, it can happen to anyone. This is why his message isso important: Amazon Authors Beware.
“My name is Richard M. Mulder. I am the author of The Secret Journal, Conquest: Rise of the Fifth Horseman and the Co-Producer of the new SciFan™ Magazine. After a very successful launch of our first issue, on the 12th of January 2017 I received the following email from Amazon.com:
We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. Systematic accounts are those that facilitate illegitimate reading or borrow activity. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate the Kindle platform and/or Kindle programs is not permitted. As a result of the irregular borrow activity, we have removed your books from the Amazon store and are terminating your account and your Agreement effective immediately.
As part of the termination process, we will close your account(s) and remove the books you have uploaded from Amazon. We will issue a negative adjustment to any outstanding royalty payments. Additionally, as per our Terms and Conditions, you are not permitted to open new accounts and will not receive future royalty payments from additional accounts created.
If you have any questions, please email us at [censored].
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Amazon Authors Beware
Needless to say, I was in shock. Though I had been genuinely surprised by the over 70,000 Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) read in our first 12 days, I never suspected that any ‘illegitimate reading or borrow activity’ had been at play. SciFan™ Magazine had been an Amazon Bestseller for nearly 2 weeks, and we had maintained our ranking in the top 100 anthologies since day one.
In response, I sent several emails and made a few calls to Amazon. After patience and persistence, after 3 days I am pleased to announce that they owned up to their mistake and reinstated my account…”