PLR Bites The Dust At Amazon’s Kindle Store

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It seems that Amazon’s finally taking a big stick to Private Label Rights (PLR) material at the Kindle Store, and it’s about time.

I love the Kindle Store; I’ve bought many ebooks there and I’ll continue doing it. I love having lots to read. It annoys the heck out of me that people want to stuff the store with rubbish.

This article, Amazon Cracks Down on Some E-Book ‘Publishers’ – NYTimes.com, reports:

“The Kindle Store on Amazon has been inundated with spurious or duplicative ebooks issued under a retail concept known as “private label rights,” or P.L.R.”

The whole idea of “private label rights” is that PLR content is a foundation; it’s meant to be edited, and turned into fresh content, rather than being presented as-is.

Unfortunately, if people can take advantage of what seems like a loophole in a system, they will.

I’m not against the concept of PLR, per se, as long as it’s used solely as a foundation.

If you want to use PLR as a foundation for a Kindle ebook:

* Start with quality PLR. Most PLR is illegible junk, and there’s little point in washing garbage;

* Edit the PLR completely. Make sure that fresh content’s added, so that you end up with more original content than the PLR you started out with;

* Make sure that the final product is something that YOU would pay to read. Ask yourself these questions: Does the content provide real value? How much value? Why?

Remember that a Kindle ebook can keep selling for years. It’s in your own best interests to make sure that people want what you’re selling.

* Focus on your presence at the Kindle Store. Remember that each ebook you sell, will encourage sales of your other ebooks. If even one ebook you upload is total crap, it will hurt the sales of your other products.

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Amazon Sells More Kindle Books Than Print Books

Amazon says that since April, Kindle ebooks have out-sold print books. It’s selling 105 ebooks for every print book. Tellingly, free ebooks have been excluded from the statistics.

From Amazon Media Room:News Release:

“‘Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly – we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,’ said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com.”

I know that when I’m looking for a book, I check to see whether there’s a Kindle version, and over the past few months, I’ve bought many more ebooks than print books.

If I’ll be using a book as a reference, I buy the hardcover version as well. Friends have told me that they do the same.

The more books sold, in any format, the better. :-)