Today is one of those times.
I’ve received several reports from writers threatened with having books removed from sale, and heard even more worrying stories from others who had their titles actually removed from the Kindle Store without notice.
What were these authors guilty of? What crime did they commit for Amazon to adopt such heavy handed treatment? Something completely innocuous: the Table of Contents was at the rear of their books instead of at the front.
Yep, that’s it.
We’ll get to what might be the root cause of this crackdown in a moment, but Amazon is claiming that having a TOC in the end-matter instead of the front-matter is a breach of the (ever-changing, 100+ pages) Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF).
To continue reading, check out David Gaughran’s post Amazon Takes Aim at Scammers but Hits Authors.
On a Personal Note
My Table of Contents are in the front of my eBooks, but I have moved some items to the rear to allow readers to get into the story quicker. They include ISBN, copyright information, cover design, editor’s name and the statement about being fiction (with fictional characters).
Moving this information increased the amount of story sample readers receive because it isn’t counted in the percentage.