Amazon Says “No” to Your Quickies
So Amazon is cracking the whip on authors whose story submissions are 2,500 words or less. Basically, make it worthwhile or they don’t want it!
A user of a discussion board for Kindle, shared an email she received from Amazon about minimum word length. The email says that Kindle content shorter than 2,500 words is often disappointing to Amazon readers.
Actual Email Received:
“During a quality assurance review of your KDP catalog we have found that the following book(s) are extremely short and may create a poor reading experience and do not meet our content quality expectations:
Name of Short
In the best interest of Kindle customers, we remove titles from sale that may create a poor customer experience. Content that is less than 2,500 words is often disappointing to our customers and does not provide an enjoyable reading experience.
We ask that you fix the above book(s), as well as all of your catalog’s affected books, with additional content that is both unique and related to your book. Once you have ensured your book(s) would create a good customer experience, re-submit them for publishing within 5 business days. If your books have not been corrected by that time, they will be removed from sale in the Kindle Store. If the updates require more time, please unpublish your books.”
The KBoards user said her short ebook is a charity piece that did not get many sales, so it is possible Amazon is just sending the email out to authors of short shorts that don’t have very many sales.
Personally, I have no problem with Amazon’s removal of these shorts. I’ve mentioned Ad nauseam, my aversion to novellas, short stories and the like. There is nothing worse than buying a book, anticipating the read, immersing yourself in the characters as well as the storyline, only to have it end all too soon. I agree with Amazon that these types of stories, especially those 2,500 words or less, are very disappointing to readers. If I wanted to read a teaser or an excerpt, I’d be content with the blurb on the back of the book.
Some have suggested that Amazon create a niche market for these types of books and limit the pricing to under ninety-nine cents. I guess it could work because some people ( judging from the sales of some of these shorts) actually love them. I wonder how long it will take other E-book retailers to follow suit.
What say you? Do you think removing e-books that contain less than 2,500 words is a good thing? We’d love to hear your thoughts!