Ebook Returns: Odd Happenings In Amazon Land

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Something odd is happening in Amazon land. Author Jamie McGuire’s had great success with her book, Beautiful Disaster.

I’m not familiar with the book, however it seems that Amazon’s offering returns on the Kindle version months after purchase.

This blog post, Former indie author Jamie McGuire penalized for self-publishing? | Erotica by Sara, reports:

“It appears that Amazon has sent a mass email to everyone who’s ever purchased the self-published version of Beautiful Disaster. They are encouraging readers to request a refund. When asked why they are offering this refund, Amazon customer service has given several different reasons, the most common is problems with content. THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH THE CONTENT OF BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, and it makes no sense for them to encourage a refund for a book that has already been read and enjoyed 6+ months later, but that is the only information I have for now.”

The story’s gained a lot of traction on Kindle Boards, as you might imagine.

Ms McGuire offered an indie version of the book, which was then acquired and published by Atria.

You can see the various Amazon offerings on this screen grab.

Atria

There’s Kindle, hardcover, paperback and audio offerings.

And the problem is…?

I have no idea. However, it’s odd that Amazon’s offering refunds so many months after the indie version was purchased.

You can follow the issue on Kindle Boards.

Update March 5, 2013

Here’s what the problem is. According to Dear Author:

… there was one big difference between the self published version and the Simon & Schuster. The original self published version contains virtually all the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” The S&S version has basically one line, the start.

That would do it. Amazon wouldn’t want to get into a dustup about unauthorized use of music lyrics, especially not with the Rolling Stones. That’s a clear copyright violation — if that’s what occurred. As stated, I’m not familiar with the book.

Tip: never, ever use anything in your book without permission. Not music, lyrics, quotes from books, images… It’s asking for trouble, and it will bite you sooner or later.

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