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Amazon kindle sees overcrowded AI generated books in top lists

The Kindle bestsellers top 100 list is flooded with the AI- generated books and there are only 19 legit books


Alongside the remarkable advancements in AI and generative text chatbots, we are also witnessing a surge in less desirable outcomes that warrant attention. According to various authors and reputable news outlets, there has been a notable increase in the presence of AI-generated books on multiple best-seller lists of Kindle, many of which appear nonsensical in nature.

The advent of self-publishing, facilitated by platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Program, has offered a gateway for genuine authors to share their works with the public and cultivate a devoted readership without the backing of traditional publishing houses. However, due to the intentionally user-friendly nature of self-publishing mechanisms, it appears that virtually anyone can produce an endless stream of AI-written books and easily upload them for sale on Amazon’s eBook store. These books subsequently become available for reading through Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s subscription service.

This ease of access, while intended to democratize the publishing process, has inadvertently allowed an influx of AI-generated content that lacks the human touch and creative depth found in works by dedicated authors.

AI in publishing should not be embraced.

The proliferation of AI-generated books within the self-publishing domain raises concerns about the potential dilution of literary merit and the impact on readers’ trust in the publishing industry. It highlights the need for more stringent measures to ensure the quality and originality of published works, striking a delicate balance between accessibility and maintaining the integrity of the literary world.

In a latest development that has raised concerns within the literary community, indie author Caitlyn Lynch took to Twitter to shed light on a startling observation she made. Lynch noted that out of the top 100 books listed in the Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks category on Amazon, a mere 19 were genuine publications. The remaining titles were characterized by nonsensical and incoherent content, leading Lynch to suspect that they were generated by artificial intelligence (AI).

Following Lynch’s tweets, The Motherload website conducted an investigation into several books featured on Amazon’s platform. Astonishingly, a few days later, the AI-generated books vanished from the best-seller lists, presumably removed by Amazon. However, these AI-generated works remained available for purchase and had already garnered significant visibility before their removal. Lynch astutely speculates that the sudden surge of AI-generated books could serve as a means to facilitate click-farming. In this dubious scheme, automated bots artificially inflate the number of clicks and page views, generating royalties from Amazon Kindle Unlimited. As the platform compensates authors based on the number of pages read in an ebook, the removal of these books becomes inconsequential. Those orchestrating this ploy could easily replace the removed books with a seemingly limitless supply of new AI-generated titles.

Would it mean the demise of Kindle Unlimited?

Lynch further expounded on her perspective in a Twitter thread, underscoring that if Amazon fails to curb this issue, it may ultimately herald the demise of Kindle Unlimited, the platform’s subscription service. The proliferation of AI-generated books jeopardizes the integrity of the literary landscape, calling for swift action to safeguard the interests of authors and preserve the distinctive essence of human creativity.

Amazon’s response to the issue of AI-generated books flooding its platform remains somewhat ambiguous. Inquiries made by Motherboard prompted a reply from the company stating that it maintains “clear guidelines” to determine which books are eligible for sale. It also claimed to investigate concerns raised in order to safeguard the interests of readers and authors. However, Amazon did not explicitly mention any specific measures being taken to address the persistent influx of nonsensical and incoherent AI-generated books.

How is Amazon dealing with it?

It is crucial for Amazon to proactively tackle this problem in order to restore readers’ confidence in supporting authors through ebook purchases and page views, which directly impact authors’ royalties on platforms like Kindle Unlimited. Likewise, it is important for authors to feel reassured about offering their works for sale on Amazon.

A spokesperson emphasized that Amazon has well-defined content guidelines governing the listing of books for sale. Furthermore, they assured us that prompt investigations are carried out whenever concerns are raised. Amazon’s substantial investments are geared towards providing a reliable shopping experience while safeguarding both customers and authors from any form of abuse.

The emergence of AI-generated and assisted books is not an entirely new phenomenon, as it swiftly followed the introduction of text and image-generating artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney. Such books have long been a source of controversy, as many artists and authors believe that they undermine the effort, skill, and dedication required to create, write, and publish a book.

Moreover, AI generators function by extracting vast quantities of visual and textual content from the internet, some of which may have been used without the consent of the original creators.


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