Kindle: heaving with bosoms, packed with spam

Here are two articles about e-readers. One’s stupid. One points to a big problem.

First, the article with real, troubling news. Patti sends a link to this story, and notes: “Why bother with all that pesky research, writing, and editing?”

Spam clogging Amazon’s Kindle self-publishing.

(Reuters) – Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Amazon.com Inc’s publishing foray.

Thousands of digital books, called ebooks, are being published through Amazon’s self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense.

Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.

These ebooks are listed for sale — often at 99 cents — alongside more traditional books on Amazon’s website, forcing readers to plow through many more titles to find what they want.

“Aspiring spammers can even buy a DVD box set called Autopilot Kindle Cash that claims to teach people how to publish 10 to 20 new Kindle books a day without writing a word.”

It’s swill and thievery. Online thieves and spammers are cutting and pasting other people’s books, articles, and blog posts, slapping their own names on them, and uploading them to Kindle for sale.

Daffron of Logical Expressions said Amazon should charge for uploads to the Kindle publishing system because that would remove a lot of the financial incentive for spammers.

“This is why email spam has become such a problem — it costs nothing,” she said. “If people can put out 12 versions of a single book under different titles and authors, and at different prices, even if they sell just one or two books, they can make money. They win and the loser is Amazon.”

That sound you hear is more spammers jumping to their keyboards at the mention of money.

Aaaand… the stupid:

The Real Force Behind Ebook Sales: Heaving Bosoms

Male politicians aren’t the only ones using tech to explore their sexual fantasies.

Yep. That’s the lede.

Women are quietly using ebooks more and more, devouring lusty titles like “Maid for the Billionaire,” “Outcast,” “My Horizontal Life” and “Cotillion” — among the current bestselling ebooks for Amazon’s Kindle.

Because reading romance novels and posting photos of your Congressional schlong on Twitter are exactly the same. Right.

Women like ebooks, and women like romance novels, a lot. So say goodbye to your stereotypes. New technology sales aren’t always driven by four-eyed nerds with too much disposable income on their hands.

Yes, again, that’s the actual text from the article.

So are men iPads and women Kindles?

Kindles are smaller, lighter, and fit in a purse more comfortably, which might account for some female preferences. And ereaders also don’t have those telltale Fabio covers that show everyone in the coffee shop what you’re reading. Conversely, iPads are big and heavy and make statement: I’m into tech.

This article sounds like it was written by a snotty seventeen-year-old for the high school newspaper. Let’s hope it doesn’t get reformatted and uploaded to the Kindle as spam.

5 responses to “Kindle: heaving with bosoms, packed with spam

  1. Heaving Bosoms Of Spam would be a good name for a rock group.

  2. This might be the new lifeblood that bookstores and publishers need. With so much garbage available on eBooks, maybe people will begin to look for those books published by recognized names. I won’t waste my time on self-published, not when there are so many books out there chosen by publishers (some of which, I think, are still garbage). I’m happy to pay $10 or more for something that has already been vetted. Life is too short for reading inanity.

    And I agree about your last comment. Clearly biased. “Journalists” today. Pshaw!

  3. I had eReader software on various PDAs for 10 years before getting my Kindle earlier this year, and I have found that, no matter whether the format is electronic or paper, Sturgeon’s Law applies consistently. Caveat emptor.

    I have also seen more women than men with iPads.

  4. So many iPads are gathering dust because many people erroneously assumed they would replace a conventional computer. They’re great for taking notes and showing pictures. Between my iPod, my Kindle and my Blackberry I have no need for an iPad.

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