Spam Comes to the Kindle Store

By Deane Barker on June 19, 2011

Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap ‘books’: And this is why we can’t have nice things.

Now that you can upload an e-book, price it and sell it, for free, hordes of wouldbe publishing millionaires are doing exactly that. Except they’re not actually writing books – they’re just lifting them from elsewhere and hoping to collect the royalties.

The lifting can be from a variety of sources: Private Label Rights (PLR) are tales specifically marketed to be resold in this manner, perhaps under a new title or cover. There are even software packages claiming to automate much of the process and allowing the production of 10 or 20 books in a day.

Via a tweet from Seth.



  1. “And this is why we can’t have nice things.”

    Well, I’d say, “And this is why curation is becoming one of the main ‘jobs’ on the internet.” Finding the gold among the dross has always been tough, and those who do a good job at it may find themselves able to (gasp!) make a living at it.

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