The stupid is strong over at Amazon Central these days. UK Amazon-published author Graeme Reynolds had his book removed from Amazon because a reader – ONE READER – complained that the text had too many hyphens. Did you catch that? Too. Many. Hyphens. Mind you, the book has been out for eighteen months and enjoys consistently positive reviews.
But for the witless blather of one person, Amazon is blackmailing their author into altering his book into something grammatically incorrect.
Have I been sucked into an alternate universe where a major retailer accepts the complaints of a single anonymous reader – who could very well belong to the Fatally Stupid – and not even contact the author to discuss the issue before removing his book?
More importantly, is Amazon in possession of a brain and working knowledge of English? Their actions suggest hopeless ignorance.
This should give Amazon DIY authors pause before allowing this brainless behemoth to “publish” their books. Think a real publishers would pull such a stunt? Hell no. Real publishers possess firing brain cells (contrary to popular belief) and have to work smart because it’s how they keep the lights on and Rescue Beagles in designer doggeh chewies. If a problem arises, they discuss it with the author.
Amazon’s overreaching cranial-rectal inversion shows just how little control Amazon authors have, and they could find their books removed from sale over the complaints of a single reader, or some other bantha fodder.
And what’s worse is Amazon doesn’t care. Not. One. Whit.
The upside is that the book has been returned to Amazon’s site, which is wonderful news. However, that it happened at all is criminal. I’m sure the outrage proved to attract Amazon’s attention and allow someone with a functioning cerebellum to intercede on the author’s behalf.