5 Comments

  1. Paul
    11/02/2013 @ 7:23 AM

    I am just wondering if you have had any titles deleted by the sweep throughs in the last few weeks. You can read more here:

    http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/10/13/amazon-bn-whsmith-now/#.UnTfmhG4bDc

  2. Elvis
    11/02/2013 @ 11:15 AM

    Paul, very interesting question, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

    I’ve spent the past two weeks modifying many of my titles, as well as helping my friends with theirs. We all had over 50% of our titles either sent back into draft mode or immediately blocked altogether.

    I was planning to write a more formal post about it, but the fixes to this issue generally fall under the same vine as the adult filter workarounds. I changed many of the titles, cover images and descriptions to more generic and acceptable alternatives. So far about 99% of those books have now been re-published successfully.

    I will provide you with more details soon.
    Thanks for checking in, bud!

    Elvis

    • Paul
      11/02/2013 @ 6:02 PM

      It will be interesting to see how it impacts your sales over the next few months. I guess with everyone having to change titles, covers, etc its still a level playing field but I wonder how many “good” keywords can no longer be used which will eventually impact sales.

      I’ll be eager to see your next two months worth of results to see the impact.

      Thanks for the update.

  3. Paul
    11/17/2013 @ 3:48 AM

    Im looking forward to your update for October.

  4. Darren
    08/11/2014 @ 1:38 AM

    I have had numerous books filtered with the dreaded ‘Adult’ filter, and none of my books are about rape, incest, pseudo incest, reluctant sex or anything even remotely related to those subjects. I write Erotica, yes, but there seems to be no real pattern to Amazon’s implementation of the filter. It seems to be totally random. Books I published years ago have recently been hit with this filter. I even have a series of books with the exact same cover image, similar blurb and keywords, one has been filtered while the other 4 have not. Some cover images are understandable, yet even that is arbitrary. There is one cover doing the rounds on Kindle where a woman’s vagina can be seen poking around the edges of her skimpy underwear. A check of this title on SalesRankExpress reveals it hasn’t been filtered. It’s pot luck really. I even published something recently where I was extremely careful about the cover image, the blurb, keywords and categories and it still copped the adult filter. It doesn’t just happen on publication, either. A book can be filtered at any given time.