Amazon Kindle Issues a Warning About AI Content

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A friend recently forwarded me an email about Amazon's new requirements for disclosing the use of AI-generated content. Some content providers use AI secretly across their catalogues. According to Amazon, this is a very unethical practice that risks full Amazon account suspension.

Amazon now requires formal disclosure and classification of all and any AI-generated text, images, or translations. This includes children's books. You must declare the extent of AI use across three categories, ranging from "full AI generated" to "light AI assistance".

You don't have to declare AI Assisted content

Importantly, only AI-generated content requires disclosure, not AI-assisted content. The difference is that generated means letting the AI fully create the work, while assisted entails focused AI help like brainstorming, editing, and refinements, expansions and improvements.

While I steer clear of AI on Amazon, others should be aware of these rules if leveraging this technology. Full transparency remains critical, both ethically and to avoid account jeopardy. I hope this heads up helps content creators use AI judiciously and align with Amazon's disclosure requirements.

For me it is about time there has been a plethora of travel books and guides recently that have obviously been written by people who know nothing about the place they are visiting. AI generated content is out of date or just plain wrong.

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Hi there, Catherine.

Thank you for providing this comprehensive information regarding Kindle and its warning about AI content. I guess it balls down to the importance of creating high-quality human-generated content.

Another issue is copyright policies. AI is not responsible to give credit to the original authors, whether it is text, images, photos, etc. These unethical practices will allude to an never-ending stream of lawsuits, am I right?

It is no surprise that Amazon and other tech companies are implementing restrictions. In my opinion, the only way to fight this problem is by educating people on the importance of human generated content. This will ultimately lead to a more ethical and legitimate online ecosystem for everyone involved.

Thanks again for this valuable information.

Sincerely,
Rachele

I agree with you totally Rachelle. We are in a mine field and the reaction from Amazon is a knee jerk reaction. They have to be seen to be doing something (or so they think). AI generated content is visually pretty obvious, but what about the people who don't use AI, who are also at risk of losing their accounts? Thanks for stopping by and leaving this comment

My pleasure, Catherine.

Thank you, Catherine, for this important advise!

Thanks Dina

Hi, Catherine

The difference between AI generated vs. assisted content can be a real gray area.

I’m not sure this is legally enforceable. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how it turns out! 😎

Frank 🎸

I am certain it is not legally enforceable if for no other reason Amazon can't prove it is AI generated. It will mean that a number of people will lose their Amazon Kindle accounts and they haven't used AI content.
It is certainly a knee jerk reaction from Amazon

We sell on Amazon as a reseller and whether it is legal or not is irrelevant. Amazon has an agreement you sign. Once they have issued a suspension or closure the burden of proof switches to you the seller.

It is much simpler to follow the rules, rightly or wrongly.

Steve

it is also very easy for Amazon to say your content is AI generated when it is not and the you have lost a livelihood

Thanks for sharing. I too, steer clear from Amazon I am not an associate with them, nor do I use their Kindle. I do not blame them. It makes sense as to why they decided to do that. Nothing surprises me. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

As Frank.points out it is not likely to be legally enforceable

Hi Catherine, Thank you for the heads up on this informative post. I do have a question how am I supposed to know for sure about AI with the content or the images? This is something that I am not up to speed on, so I need some help on this subject.

Yes I do agree we all should be transparent on our websites, content, images everything. I still believe in our word is bond and having strong ethical work ethics, and not last but having integrity to do business the right way.

Because if we don't have those things then no one will want to deal or at least work with us. We have to have those elements in business. We are not a brick or mortar business we work on our computers and we network with others in this business.

At one time men did business together on just a hand shake and that was a bond that you would provide what you said you would for the other business. Today businesses are not based on those elements anymore. Business people in general don't have the integrity, or transparency, honesty, At this time I am not exactly sure what today business people do have or really don't have.

Mary

Thanks Mary I am off that generation in business where a handshake meant something.
Sadly I can't help you get up to speed. There are some sites that supposedly tell you how much your article has been generated by AI. I tried them all out with content I had written myselfant they all reported it and AI content.
Plagiarism checkers are not accurate and neither are methods to tell whether the content has been generated by humans or AI

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