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Lim Junqun Jason

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What to do if book has been copied and posted online?
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 8:00 PM
 
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I just received the below email....;..(

Apparently, my book has been copied and posted online in some weird site.

What should I do?

Thanks for publishing with Amazon. We’re contacting you regarding the following book(s):

<book name>

While reviewing your book(s), we found content inside that’s freely available on the web.

Before we can move forward, we’ll need you to take one of the following actions within five days. If no action is taken within the five days, your book(s) will be blocked and you won’t be able to offer it for sale on Amazon:

A. If you hold the publishing rights for this book, simply resubmit your book. That’s it! No need to respond any further.

To resubmit your book:
1. Go to Your Bookshelf: https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf
2. Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Book Actions menu next to the book.
3. Select "Edit book details."
4. Review the metadata and content.
5. Click Save and Continue, then click the button to publish at the bottom of the page.

B. If you don’t hold the rights for this book, you will need to unpublish/delete your book from Bookshelf.

To unpublish/delete your book:
1. Go to Your Bookshelf: https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf
2. Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Book Actions menu next to the book.
3. Select "Unpublish" or “Delete”

  • Note: The “Delete” option is only available for books that haven’t yet been published.

C. If the book is in the public domain, please reply to this email and confirm (with URLs):

1. The initial publication date of the original work
2. The authors’ names and their dates of death
3. If this is a translated work, please provide all translators and their dates of death, as well as the initial publication date of the translation.

As a reminder, since publishing books without holding the necessary publishing rights is against our policy, we may suspend or terminate accounts that try to do so.

For any questions, you can reply to this email: content-review@amazon.com..

Best regards,

Amazon KDP
Donna St Felix

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Re: What to do if book has been copied and posted online?
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 8:11 PM   in response to: Lim Junqun Jason in response to: Lim Junqun Jason
 
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Where did you get the information that makes up your book?
Can you post a link to your book?
cdalebrittain

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Re: What to do if book has been copied and posted online?
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 8:14 PM   in response to: Lim Junqun Jason in response to: Lim Junqun Jason
 
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No, your book hasn't been copied and pasted on some weird site.

Rather, Amazon is concerned that a lot of your content looks a whole lot like content readily available on the web.

For example, if you wrote a cook*book and a lot of the recipes could just be found easily on various sites on the web, this would be a problem. If you wrote a book about some historical event, and it was pretty much the same as what Wikipedia said, this would be a problem.

So the problem isn't that your book has been copied. The problem is that Amazon is wondering if you copied your book from things you found on the web.

If however this is not true, and you wrote it all yourself, based on years of experience in the field (if non-fiction) or creative ideas (if fiction), then just follow the steps they laid out under A, and you should be all set.

But if you got a lot of the content by doing "research" on the web and incorporating what you found, then follow the steps under B.
cdalebrittain

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Re: What to do if book has been copied and posted online?
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 8:20 PM   in response to: Lim Junqun Jason in response to: Lim Junqun Jason
 
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Actually I think I found your book. Is it called "Impossible Victory" and about the book of Joshua?

My guess is that you have too many Bible quotes. Most Bible translations are copyrighted. Even the King James Version is in the UK. A few quotes are fine, but a Bible-study book usually has far too many.

Either write to the publishers and get permission to use the quotes (usually requiring a fee) or else scale the number of quotes way back. In the meantime, unpublish your book. Trying to make it available when you shouldn't will just get you kicked off Amazon.

And make sure everything you have to say about the Bible is your own interpretation, not something very similar to what others have said (or using their words in long quotes).
Salamander Mall...

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Re: What to do if book has been copied and posted online?
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 9:19 PM   in response to: Lim Junqun Jason in response to: Lim Junqun Jason
 
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Lim Junqun Jason wrote:
I just received the below email....;..(

Apparently, my book has been copied and posted online in some weird site.

What should I do?

Thanks for publishing with Amazon. We’re contacting you regarding the following book(s):

<book name>

While reviewing your book(s), we found content inside that’s freely available on the web.

Before we can move forward, we’ll need you to take one of the following actions within five days. If no action is taken within the five days, your book(s) will be blocked and you won’t be able to offer it for sale on Amazon:

A. If you hold the publishing rights for this book, simply resubmit your book. That’s it! No need to respond any further.

To resubmit your book:
1. Go to Your Bookshelf: https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf
2. Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Book Actions menu next to the book.
3. Select "Edit book details."
4. Review the metadata and content.
5. Click Save and Continue, then click the button to publish at the bottom of the page.

B. If you don’t hold the rights for this book, you will need to unpublish/delete your book from Bookshelf.

To unpublish/delete your book:
1. Go to Your Bookshelf: https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf
2. Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Book Actions menu next to the book.
3. Select "Unpublish" or “Delete”

  • Note: The “Delete” option is only available for books that haven’t yet been published.

C. If the book is in the public domain, please reply to this email and confirm (with URLs):

1. The initial publication date of the original work
2. The authors’ names and their dates of death
3. If this is a translated work, please provide all translators and their dates of death, as well as the initial publication date of the translation.

As a reminder, since publishing books without holding the necessary publishing rights is against our policy, we may suspend or terminate accounts that try to do so.

For any questions, you can reply to this email: content-review@amazon.com..

Best regards,

Amazon KDP


No one has copied your book and posted it online. As KDP points out, it's the other way around -- you've raided the internet (or used source material also available on the internet) to create your book. KDP has given you three options, so there's not a lot of thinking for you to do:
  • If you own the copyright, tell them.
  • If you don't own the copyright, take the book down.
  • If it's PD, tell them.
If you claim a copyright not yours, your account is endangered. If it's PD, there are royally limitations, or it might be declined. It's in your best interest to settle this quickly as there is always a deadline.
Notjohn

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Re: What to do if book has been copied and posted online?
Posted: Dec 22, 2017 10:22 AM   in response to: Lim Junqun Jason in response to: Lim Junqun Jason
 
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"Freely available" usually means that some or all the material in your book is already available to read without cost online, not that someone has copied and republished it. You must now search your conscience. If it is pure, make your case to Amazon as they have requested. If you did borrow some or all of it, apologize, promise not to do it again, and hope you are allowed to continue.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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