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i noticed it august 11th and put a post up here about it.
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It hadn't changed for me. Still get the message I already have ten books borrowed.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon book previews
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 23, 2022, 09:03:25 AM »
Well, one other author had a similar comment on the November monthly feedback thread, but so far, there's no sign of an Amazon response.

I think I also emailed KDP support, but if so, I didn't get a response.

I'd like to think it was because someone was doing research, but I think I'm being overly optimistic.

I did discover one interesting thing. I can create a preview by taking the code from one of the other previews and substituting a different ISBN. Apparently, everything else is generic. I tried with one of my books and then tried someone else's just to be sure.


Of course, if Amazon is hell-bent on phasing out the feature, the previews could all stop working at some point, which would be even more of a letdown, but maybe Amazon won't bother with that. Who knows?

If anybody wants to use previews on their website (at your own risk, since, as I said, previews may stop working at some point), I pasted the relevant code below. I substituted ASIN for the number, so just paste your own asin over that part. I also removed my affiliate code and tested to make sure the whole thing still worked. 

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<iframe style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=ASIN&amp;preview=inline&amp;linkCode=kpe&amp;ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_VQxpzbE1BWKN8&amp;" width="336" height="550" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>
I will return if I here any more information. At least no one from Amazon has said anything like, "We removed that feature because..." My current theory is that they may not even have thought about it when they removed sharing from the regular page design.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Serial Returners: They're Baaaack!
« Last post by LilyBLily on November 21, 2022, 11:41:25 PM »
I don't understand what these serial returners are thinking. If you don't want to pay for a book, why not just pirate it? Why go through the bother of buying it, paying for it, then returning it and getting your money back? That's just... so many unnecessary extra steps to theft.

This is safer than visiting pirate bay (or should that be in caps: Pirate Bay?). They have the same desire not to pay as others, but they aren't daring enough to venture into the wilds of the net to find free things. Now that someone has given them a safe roadmap, they're all in.

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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Serial Returners: They're Baaaack!
« Last post by Arooooo on November 21, 2022, 11:32:02 PM »
I don't understand what these serial returners are thinking. If you don't want to pay for a book, why not just pirate it? Why go through the bother of buying it, paying for it, then returning it and getting your money back? That's just... so many unnecessary extra steps to theft. 
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon Printing Press and Pricing Scam
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 18, 2022, 12:35:28 AM »
That's unfortunate. They were better about it in the past I think. They probably don't have enough people (or bots) on it.

I'm wondering if this is a side effect of the low content book explosion.

Their resources are so over stretched dealing with 1000's of low content books a week which all largely look the same and use the same set of Canva images, that the bots are too distracted with them to detect actual fraud.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon Printing Press and Pricing Scam
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 17, 2022, 11:49:14 PM »
That's unfortunate. They were better about it in the past I think. They probably don't have enough people (or bots) on it.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon Printing Press and Pricing Scam
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 16, 2022, 11:35:12 AM »
One thing Amazon has been relatively good about in the past is responding to DMCA takedown notices. So if anyone does spot a counterfeit book being marketed on Amazon, that's definitely something to report and get fixed. Probably, the hassle will be minimal.

Not so much.

I had both eBook and paperback copies of one of my books up earlier this year.

Took 6 weeks to get them taken down.

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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon book previews
« Last post by alhawke on November 16, 2022, 03:40:56 AM »
Thank you, Bill. I didn't know this service was available. Hope it gets going again for you.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon Printing Press and Pricing Scam
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 16, 2022, 02:18:05 AM »
I'm not sure the problem would be as hard to fix as the author of the article suggests, at least as far as paperback books are concerned.

There are only a certain number of POD services out there. The only way this scam makes a profit is if someone goes with a cheap printing operation rather than one of the well-known PODs, all of which are going to have similar printing costs. It ought to be possible to design an algorithm that identifies books from an unknown POD and flags them. (Amazon knows where the new paperbacks it lists come from.) Another algorithm could check the flagged books for any similar author name/title combinations. In that way, a relatively small number of possible scams could be identified for investigation by a live person.

One thing Amazon has been relatively good about in the past is responding to DMCA takedown notices. So if anyone does spot a counterfeit book being marketed on Amazon, that's definitely something to report and get fixed. Probably, the hassle will be minimal. 
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