Posted on 11/12/2018 at 10:27 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

David Gaughran has more bad news to add to our original post about ebooks disappearing from Amazon: Most Kindle Direct Publishing books are unavailable for international readers who use the US Kindle Store.

He ran a random check of KDP books and found that about 80 percent of them were affected by whatever this issue is.

Read his full post here.

Earlier today

The Digital Reader reported last month that some ebooks were randomly being listed as unavailable for purchase on Amazon and shared a temporary fix.

Yesterday, though, he followed up with bad news: The situation is growing worse.

More authors are finding that they’re affected, and many are discovering that their listings are only appearing part of the time — in other words, you can’t confirm that you’re safe.

Oh, and to make matters worse, at least a few authors say the unpublish/republish trick mentioned in October doesn’t necessarily fix the issue.

Head to the original post for more details.

Categories: Behind the scenes

Comments
If 70% of all books are sold on Amazon, then why block international authors? It is disconcerting to find your ebooks unavailable for view on Amazon.com. It has affected Canadians too. So far, two of my ebooks have disappeared. from .Amazon.com when viewed from home. I suspect the rest will follow. Amazon is not even answering queries in a timely manner. Having received a 'violation of community guidelines' ban when trying to post a review for an American author. the Amazon customer service chat response was 'it is a 'technical error' and they would be in touch within 24 hours. That didn't happen. Amazon has remained silent. Why can't international authors view their ebooks on Amazon.com? One can't see ratings either. When I was in the US last week, Amazon.com locked me out when I attempted to log into my Kindle app and KDP, I could not read any kindle books or view the KDP dashboard. Once I crossed the border back into Canada, it was restored, although the violations of community guidelines remains. To the best of my knowledge, the only 'violation' was trying to read a .ca purchase in the U.S.
J. Richardson | 11/13/2018 at 08:18 AM
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