As the Bad Luck Detective informs us, Amazon removed thousands of books from their site on November 5th. Books were removed because of three keywords located in the title’s information page in the keywords section: Free, Bestseller and Kindle.
It didn’t matter if your book was free, an Amazon bestseller, or a Kindle eBook; Amazon pulled the plug.
Approximately two weeks ago, authors received notices from Amazon giving them five days to comply with Amazon’s Terms of Service (TOS). If you’ve ever looked at Amazon’s TOS you might understand why the biggest problem was identifying words that Amazon now claims are a no no. Many authors missed “Kindle” in the long boring diatribe known as TOS and suffered the consequences.
Perhaps it’s time I actually read those TOS…
Thanks to The Passive Guy for the tip.