Amazon Bans Junk e-books

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Amazon Bans Junk e-books


Amazon is banning what it calls “junk” e-books.

You might know them as Private Label Resale (or Reseller) Rights Products. Those are the “books” that “get rich quick” scammers have been trying to sell to unsuspecting wannabees who want to make money from content. The idea is you buy the product, then you buy the “rights” to it and can put up your own website.

Their pitch is “You don’t have to hurt your poor, little brain to create new content. You can make money selling info products by selling stuff that someone else wrote. You can license our library of wonderful articles and books and sell them.”


I’m glad Amazon is calling this scam for what it is. The last thing we need is to get emails from info-scammers who say you can get rich by selling PLRs on the world’s largest bookstore.

Amazon, thanks for getting this one right. This is how you protect your brand.

By |2016-11-28T23:38:17+00:00May 24th, 2012|Branding, Publicity thought leadership|2 Comments

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  1. Louis May 25, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    It’s about time. The only problem I see is we’ve heard this before. I think Amazon may be working really slow on this because it will bring down the number of titles they have on their shelve.

  2. Liz Spark June 13, 2012 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Yet another cogent thought is why are the prices on e-books nearly the same as buying it in the store — Amazon, Ebay, Kindle, Nook, etc. they all don’t charge less than hard cover book prices for e-books. There is much less toll on environment saving paper but why not charge less again?

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