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I don't know how many of you saw this New York Times article a couple of weeks ago, but Amazon is allegedly removing private label rights (PLR) e-books from their Kindle store.
What are PLR e-books? Generally, articles that are work for hire are sold to a "writer", who then puts the various articles together into an e-book format and uploads them to Amazon. (These e-books can also be uploaded to other e-book retailers as well.) In most instances, PLR books are non-fiction. The pieces that form the PLR e-books are sold in much the same way that royalty-free photos are sold at places like istockphoto.com.
The problem comes when fifty people put the same three articles together to form what is essentially the same e-book. Say you're a gardener looking for a resource on how to get of tomato horn worms. (By the way, I'm big advocate of smashing the suckers with a rock or brick.) There can be fifty books on Amazon that all have the same information. You're thinking, "Did somebody rip off some biologist's book? I don't want to buy a fake." And then you don't buy anything, which means Amazon or any other retailer doesn't make money.
So if you're an indie writer, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, don't take shortcuts. You might get some short-term sales, but the news will get out and folks won't buy your product if they're questioning your integrity.
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