Monthly Archives: May 2013

By the Book now available for purchase on Amazon

By the Book: Tips of the Trade for Writers is now available for purchase on Amazon. Interestingly, after I’d uploaded it to the Kindle Direct Publishing site, I got an email from Amazon telling me that some of the works in the book had previously been published online, and asking me if a/I owned the copyright to them, and b/why the works had been published online in the first place. This is what they said:

During a review of your KDP submission(s), we found content that is widely available on the web. You can do an online search for the content inside your book(s) to discover which sites are offering the content for free. Copyright is important to us – we want to make sure that no author or other copyright holder has their work claimed and sold by anyone else.

To confirm you have publishing rights to and control where you distribute the book(s), please provide all of the following information:

1.    The URLs for all websites where this content is published
2.    An explanation as to why the content is available online

I explained the situation–that I was the copyright holder, and that I’d written the works originally as blog pieces, and then there was no problem. But I thought it was interesting–and gratifying!–that they exercise such vigilance in the protection of copyright.