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Amazon’s ‘protects’ against junk AI e-books by limiting author-bots to three a day • The Register

by Joey De Leon

Amazon Allows “Authors” to Publish Up to Three AI-Generated Books per Day

Amazon has announced a new policy that allows authors, including those using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, to publish up to three books per day through its Kindle Direct Publishing service. This move aims to protect customers, according to the web giant. The policy applies to all submissions, regardless of whether they were written by humans or bots.

While Amazon claims that there has not been a significant increase in publishing numbers, the company is implementing volume limits on new title creations to prevent abuse. However, authors can request exceptions to this rule.

The reputation of AI-generated and self-published books on Amazon has been less than stellar. Some of these books have received negative feedback due to their poor quality. For instance, one best-selling book on Amazon claimed to reveal the full story behind the wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui before they were extinguished, even though hundreds of residents were still missing. The author, who remains anonymous, has no online presence other than the books available for sale on Amazon, all of which exhibit grammatical errors and other features indicative of AI-generated content.

In other cases, counterfeit books on Amazon have been attributed to human authors but were actually written by machines. Well-known blogger Jane Friedman discovered several books under her name that she had not authored. Initially, Amazon ignored her requests to remove these titles, only responding after she publicly criticized the e-commerce giant.

The three-books-per-day rule comes shortly after Amazon announced that publishers must disclose whether the digital works they sell contain content produced by AI, regardless if it was later edited by humans. However, if the content was initially created by a human and then edited with AI tools, disclosure is not required.

While the new policy may limit some publishers utilizing AI-generated content, it is unlikely to eradicate the practice entirely. Amazon has chosen not to comment on the matter.

AI tools, such as ChatGPT, have sparked controversy as they make it easy to generate large amounts of text quickly on any subject. Some authors appreciate these bots as they can assist with brainstorming, exploring plotlines, or creating character profiles. Others argue that AI-generated writing lacks authenticity, becoming more generic and potentially plagiarizing established styles.

Amazon has made it clear that AI-generated books are allowed on its platform but emphasizes that these works must comply with copyright, trademark, and privacy laws. Content promoting hate speech, abuse, illegal acts, NSFW (Not Safe For Work) material, or terrorism remains strictly prohibited.

Acknowledging the rapid evolution of generative AI and its impact on reading, writing, and publishing, Amazon assures users of its commitment to providing the best possible experience for authors and customers.

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