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Amazon has a new stance on AI in Books!

Hi everyone. So I wanted to share with you an important day update that we are seeing on KDP's content guidelines. Now I will tell you if you are not aware of what Amazon KDP is, that is their arm called or their department called Kindle Direct Publishing. It is one of the platforms that people upload their print ready books. So that you can have it distributed across the world and sold on Amazon's platform. Now let's take a look right at what you're seeing right here. Let's dive right into there.

They've added an AI policy to their content policies and some new options on the upload screen. So, the new policy basically says that creating creators must disclose whether they've used AI generative software in creating their books. I take this as a positive and welcome the clarification. And this confirms that Amazon is aware that creators are using generative AI tools and they're accepting uploads of these tools using the books and that it's not going against the policy. You don't want the policy to do so as long as you are following their other rules related to copyright, quality, etc. This is the AI policy. You can see it right in front of you, but I'm going to read it as well. It says artificial intelligence or AI content, text, images or translations. We require you to inform us of AI by using AI-generated content when you publish a new book or make edits to and republish an existing book through KDP. You are not required to disclose AI-assisted content and we distinguish between AI-generated and AI-assisted content as the following. This is really important. AI generated means that the text, images, and translations are created by an AI-based tool. That tool creates the actual content is what it's saying. Even if you applied substantial edits afterwards.

So, let's say you go into one of these platforms, like illustration platform, and you tell it, give it some quick prompts and it creates something for you. And then you go, well, I'm actually going to make this character's eyes a little bit darker, or I'm going to make her neck a little longer. Maybe her, her fingernails a little wider, her lips a little bit thinner. That is still considered your applied substantial edits. So, you need to let them know that.

The second category is AI-assisted. If you created the content for yourself and then used AI-based tools to edit, refine, error check, or otherwise improve that content, whether it's text or images, then it's considered AI-assisted and not AI-generated. It means AI helped you to make this better. It didn't make it by itself, it helped you. It used some of your ideas and it improved things. Similarly, if you used an AI-based tool to brainstorm and generate ideas, but ultimately created the text and the images yourself, this is considered AI-assisted and not AI-generated. It's not necessary to inform us of the use of these tools or processes, so if you're using it to brainstorm or just get general ideas, that's not a concern of KDPs right now. As I'm reading this, that's my understanding. But you are responsible for verifying that all AI-generated and or AI-assisted concepts adheres to all content guidelines. For example, to confirm an AI tool did not create the content based on the copywriter works, you're required to review and edit any AI tools output.

It seems as though this is a data sharing exercise for Amazon. This is what some people say. It's possible that Amazon may start marking books as containing AI-generated content. But I wouldn't be too worried about that for right now. he vast majority of buyers don't care. The quality of the images or the text shown through previews, reviews, etc. Is what matters most to potential buyers. My humble opinion. Lastly, just know that we don't care. And we're not doing the sky is falling, scaremongering, or shaming anybody who is using AI to generate or to assist their content. We're not doing that. We're just simply saying that this policy actually shows that people talking about AI content being banned Thank you. May be incorrect. Amazon is aware of it and is continuing to allow it.

Also remember that Amazon is in the business of making money and if people are making money and getting good reviews from those lower content books, or what have you, that may be AI-generated or AI-assisted, then Amazon will likely be happy about it as long as they're not breaking laws. They aren't literary critics, but they aren't. They're very much important part of the business. So, I will also tell you here it's important to stay up to date with the copyright issues as it's unfolding and we're learning more about that and other legalities related to protecting work that is AI-assisted or AI-generated. We don't know it all, but it's a very good opportunity for us to start researching these things and watching them unfold, possibly at the state, national and international levels.

Want to read it yourself? Login to your Amazon KDP. Navigate to legal and content guidelines. Then select program policies and content guidelines. Continue to stay abreast on what Amazon KDP is doing and just know that your book can be amazingly published. My team is right here to help you reach out on Bye for now.

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