Amazon has announced that they will be publicly warning users if an e-book has spelling mistakes or formatting errors. This is meant to protect the average reader so they don’t make an impulse purchase and regret it. Thousands of authors are asking a ton of questions about this new warning system and today we will answer the most common issues.
One of the most common questions we have been fielding from authors are those who have written fantasy or science-fiction e-books. Many of them have developed their own vocabulary or intentionally misspell words. If this is applicable to your book, I recommend updating your title via Kindle Direct Publishing and implement a lexicon. This is a a page or two at the beginning of the novel that provides a rundown of the words and their meaning. This will insure the book is not reported for spelling mistakes and if they are, you have a point of reference to show the Amazon rep when they contact you.
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Beware Editing Services – Since we broke the story that Amazon is implementing the warning system, I have seen hundreds of editors try and get authors to pay them to fix up any spelling or grammar mistakes. I think its important to insure that you find a good editor and not someone who is just hyping their services with a newly created website or via social media.
What’s the deal with this warning system anyways? Amazon is simply making warnings public. In the past, it was always between a KDP representative and the author. Some authors simply opted to ignore the warnings and nothing really happened to their title, unless it had gross formatting errors, in which case Amazon would remove it from the Kindle bookstore.
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