Amazon’s Kindle is a Target for a New Kind of Spammer

Amazon Kindle SpamIt’s no secret that the average person receives at least a dozen spam e-mails every day. The good news is that most e-mail systems recognize them and sends off to the “Junk” folder.

The thing is now spam doesn’t only go to e-mail box. It beginning to appear in Kindles, too. Reuters found that hundreds, if not thousands of ebooks have been published on Amazon that aren’t really ebooks. They don’t have real content.

Spammers are purchasing extremely inexpensive content on the Web, then configuring it into ebooks, which they release to the public through Amazon. As a matter of fact, a tutorial known as Autopilot Kindle Cash  explains how the average person can release anywhere from 10 to 20 ebooks for Kindle in just one day, without typing a single word.

The idea of self-publishing in itself is magnificent for those aspiring writers who have not had a chance of being published on paper. However, the channel is being damaged by the thousands of  “ebooks” that shouldn’t be there in the first place.

Buyers now have to browse through even more books than before, making it a lot more difficult to find a title they want. In addition, many of these books copy work already published by real writers.

Amazon’s system currently compensates authors anywhere from 35 to 70 percent of the revenue collected from their ebook sales. This is perhaps what’s attracted so many spammers into releasing so many fakes. As experts have pointed out, Amazon will have to do address this epidemic if it doesn’t want its reputation to be damaged.

Amazon will only say that it turns down books that duplicate previously published ones. I

In contrast, Smashwords – another publisher of digital books – has seen less spam in its submissions. The reason: It manually reviews every submission it receivse. It’s already aware of common characteristics of spam books such as poor formatting, lack of an author’s name and downright bad design. Also, it releases payment every four months, so it has plenty of time to detect fake accounts. On top of that, spammers like to have their money faster, and Amazon pays monthly.

Amazon might have to take some advice from other digital publishers in order to get rid of the spam.

Source: Reuters