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folkstales

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Blocked Book?
Posted: May 18, 2011 1:59 PM
 
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I uploaded a book for publishing yesterday and just checked it status and it says "Blocked". I checked a forum and it said if my book was published elsewhere for cheaper then it would be blocked. I totally overlooked the fact that I have it published on my blog - I've just unpublished it. When will it go from being blocked to published on Amazon? Thanks!
jherzanek

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: May 19, 2011 10:52 AM   in response to: folkstales in response to: folkstales
 
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I had the same thing happen (sort of) to me. I just checked and my books that have been selling great, have just gone away. I am in the process of getting up on Smashwords and I believe I had checked "Kindle" on my Smashwords list. I would just like to have had a message telling me what was going on!

Does anyone know if it is more profitable to stay selling on my own with Kindle vs. Smashwords?
zanybooksdotcom

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: May 19, 2011 11:07 AM   in response to: jherzanek in response to: jherzanek
 
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Kindle sales are 6x all other sales combined!
walkingshores

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: May 23, 2011 4:59 AM   in response to: jherzanek in response to: jherzanek
 
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Does anyone ever receive feedback from Amazon publishers when they block a book? One of mine is blocked and when I asked about it someone sent me an e-mail basically saying that it was my fault - the e-mail stated that I was asked for more information and I didn't provide it. That is a falsehood. No one asked me for anything. What do they use as a basis for blocking books?
walkingshores

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: May 23, 2011 1:51 PM   in response to: folkstales in response to: folkstales
 
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You will probably have to contact them.: title-submission@amazon.com - a book of mine is blocked, but it is not published anywhere else, it has no porn, no unacceptable language and I have tried several times to find out what is going on. One response was that they asked me for more information and I didn't respond. That didn't happen. No one ever contacted me in any way, shape or form requesting more information or anything else for that matter. Good luck.
walkingshores

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: May 23, 2011 4:06 PM   in response to: walkingshores in response to: walkingshores
 
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Late this afternoon I logged onto my Bookshelf and much to my surprise my blocked book, "Backside of the Mirror," was in the publishing process! My e-mail campaign must have reached the right person or department. AND I received an e-mail from Kindle Support stating that they were sorry! That was something I hadn't expected and I appreciate it very much. I have asked for an explanation and hope to receive that soon. No author wants to think that each of his/her books will be blocked at some point 'just because.' Will keep you posted.
jorgemgonzalez

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Jul 15, 2011 9:41 AM   in response to: walkingshores in response to: walkingshores
 
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Same happened to me, I have two books blocked, true that my research on those books was poor, and the books turned out to be copyrighted. However I wrote to title submission asking them to delete those from my bookshelf since as the message says "I'm not allowed to" (?????????) and the answer was as simple as we can't delete any blocked book at this moment" So my blocked books are still there as a reminder of something. Good luck folks.

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jorgemgonzalez

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Jul 15, 2011 9:53 AM   in response to: folkstales in response to: folkstales
 
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I too have a book (probably two now, still waiting) that are been sold somewhere else, not that I can see it anywhere, now, this is the funny thing: They say that the book is copyrighted in U.S, therefore "we made it available for sale in the countries for which we have determined it is in the public domain", maybe I should consider this a favor, but here's the amazing: It's a book in SPANISH! And here's the list of countries they determined my book to be public domain: [b]Afghanistan, Antarctica, Djibouti, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Lybia, Seychelles, Timis, and Yemen.[/b] A book in Spanish! Not a single Latin American country! Imagine the chances of selling. Good luck.
notjohn

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Jul 16, 2011 3:26 AM   in response to: jorgemgonzalez in response to: jorgemgonzalez
 
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You guys are amazing. You steal another author's work, then slam Amazon because it does due diligence on the copyright.

It's [u]you[/u] who are supposed to do the due diligence!
jorgemgonzalez

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Jul 17, 2011 1:42 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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This is a direct answer to Mark (?) aka notjohn. (Please notice that I use my (Real) full name).

The epithets that come to my fingertips I will keep to myself, at least for now; and I do it out of respect for the readers, the moderators, myself of course, and even you, though I’m not quite sure you deserve it.

Calling people names is a despicable act, especially when it is done hiding behind a nickname, doing so repeatedly is harassment, accusing people you don’t even know of thievery, especially without a base whether legal or moral is offensive and defamatory.

And unless I am awfully mistaking, offensive, defamatory, and harassing comments are against the rules of this and any other decent public forum as I believe this one is. What really amazes me is that no moderator or administrator has warn you about this type of behavior, maybe your attacks have not been seen by them, perhaps nobody has reported them, however low and unacceptable.

Maybe the fact that you may have written some book, makes you believe you have some kind of authority based on some intellectual “superiority” over those of us who print and sell public domain works. Apparently you think you have a moral right to call us (individually or collectively) thieves. I don’t mean at all you are not entitled to your personal opinion, but in my own that is just that, and in no possible way it reflects Amazon’s opinion, and further more (this is priceless) the customers opinions as far as what they want to buy, which you claim to know.

Laughable.

This is what I’m talking about: http://forums.kindledirectpublishing.com/kdpforums/thread.jspa?messageID=81827&#81827

Then inevitable questions come to mind; questions such as: Who do you think you are? or, What are you afraid of?

Skipping the first one, which leaves me absolutely cold.

Are you afraid that Alexander Dumas sells more books than you?

Is it that Victor Hugo’s works stopped being “original content” the glorious moment yours saw the light of day? By the way; Are your works (give it a thought) as “original content” as you may claim it to be?

Have you asked yourself why our "private label rip-offs” as you call them sell fairly well in Amazon?

Oh, you know what Amazon’s customers want all right!

Now, would you pretend not to know that printing and selling public domain material (should I call it “non-original content”?) is a common, already old practice that for selfish reasons, (of course!) but not less selfish that your own, publishing companies and editors well established, respectable, and renowned have, do, and will endeavor to? Do you call them thieves?

Do you call thieves Books And Books, Barnes And Noble or Amazon which you defend “igne et ferro” for selling Moby Dick, Tom Sawyer, or The Gadfly?
Acts, Sir, define a person, but no less than words and (if I’m allowed to add) attitudes.

Stealing? Have you seen Crime And Punishment by Jorge M. Gonzalez anywhere? Ultimately, whose mouth am I taking the bread out of? Yours?

Here’s a little warning out of good faith, Sir:

Between a “notjohn” and a “nut-john” there’s a very fine line, it just depends on you how many times you are willing to cross it.

Be well, Sir, and happy publishing to you.
frewston_books

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Jul 17, 2011 2:04 AM   in response to: jorgemgonzalez in response to: jorgemgonzalez
 
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Thank you jorge for saying what many have probably felt like saying. I too have been the target of 'notjon's' personal insults - e.g. I expressed an opinion regarding the US's relationship with the rest of the world and got the response:

[i]Because, if you are any example, the world is an ass.[/i]

Now as this person has never met me, and my comments were not in any way directed to him, that is unjustified, IMO.
jorgemgonzalez

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Jul 17, 2011 5:22 PM   in response to: frewston_books in response to: frewston_books
 
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You're welcome. I just guess somebody had to do what's fair.

Sad to hear that, and no, nothing justifies personal attacks as far as they're baseless or unprovoked.

Be well.
pottersfieldpress

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Re: Blocked Book?
Posted: Sep 13, 2011 10:12 AM   in response to: jherzanek in response to: jherzanek
 
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Thank you for this information, just removed the Kindle checkmark on one of the books that is also available through Smashwords that had been blocked. Hopefully, this will update the information and allow the bood to be sold directly from Amazon.
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