Scammers Break The Kindle Store

David Gaughran

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.

The Kindle Store is officially broken.

This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.

Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.

I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.

Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…

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    1. Hey Bookstooge,

      I don’t know if the post title is original or not, and it may strike you as being clickbaity, but the article addresses real concerns regarding Amazon’s KU program, and the way its ranking systems works.

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  1. I can honestly say I’m not surprised. I’ve had my suspicions (completely unsubstantiated) for quite a while now. Lots of little things. The charts have never functioned good enough for my taste and I never trusted Amazon’s recommendations. I thought it silly when an author uses “Amazon Bestselling Author” to describe themselves……Even if it was just for an hour they’re suddenly a “bestseller”.

    As it turns out we just killed our KU subscription last month because even with two of us we would have saved money just buying the books. Now I’m doubly happy we did that……On second thought maybe I’m paranoid and just happen to be right this time?

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