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  • Writer's pictureSean Dollwet

How to Stay in the Clear of Amazon's Crackdown on ChatGPT-Generated Books

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Artificial intelligence has revolutionized content as a whole in all aspects, Chat-GPT being the leader in its gradual takeover. However, with its growing popularity, marketplaces like Amazon have become cautious and ban books primarily authored using Chat-GPT.

This is due to the fact that sites like Amazon want to protect their user experience on the platform, and content solely written by Chat GPT can lead to inconsistent quality and originality. It also raises ethical questions in regard to the value of human creativity.

As Open AI gradually becomes more perfected, it becomes gradually more challenging for readers to make the distinction between human and AI written text.

As a result, by flagging or banning books created only by AI, Amazon aims to maintain its high standard of content, while simultaneously preserving the integrity of human authorships and protecting its consumers from any potential deception.

Yet, there are ways to maneuver around Amazon’s methods, using AI, and not get banned. First start with understanding what Amazon looks at when inspecting any Ai-authored books.

Automated Text Analysis:

Amazon has advanced algorithms and a natural language processing (NLP) technique to analyze the content of any and all submitted books. These methods analyze the content of submitted books and are designed to detect patterns and linguistic features that are commonly associated with AI-generated text such as:

  • Repetitiveness:

Do be mindful when using AI, that its generated text tends to be more repetitive than human-authored content. Amazon’s technology can detect the repetition and will flag books that exhibit those patterns.

  • Consistency:

Chat-GPT for example, lacks the coherence and consistency human authors show in their writing. NLP algorithms can analyze the text for abrupt changes in tone, style, and context to identify if AI was used.

  • Syntax and grammar:

No matter how advanced technology can get, they are still prone to errors and can still produce unusual syntactic structures or grammatical errors. Once again, Amazon can detect these errors and flag accordingly.

Amazon also puts books on the platform, through human reviews, and these people will examine the pieces flagged using the same factors as mentioned and will also look for factors like personal anecdotes or unique insights to name a few. There is also the chance they cross reference the book with other known AI-generated content to determine where it originated from.

Plagiarism Detection:

Along with advanced technologies to recognize any differences in text, Amazon also has plagiarism detection tools to identify copyrighted material, trademarks, or other protected content in submitted books.

When generating content, Chat GPT pools its information from countless sources. Therefore, it can also unintentionally include phrases or sentences from copyrighted sources, without crediting them. This then results in Amazon’s detection tools flagging the book and then determining whether the book was primarily written by AI or not.

Customer Reviews and Feedback:

How people interact with your work can also give away some hidden information about how your piece of writing was written. For example, a book with numerous negative reviews about the content being repetitive, lacking coherence, or not making sense, then Amazon would investigate the book further and act accordingly.

Author Verification:

Amazon also implemented a verification process where authors are required to verify their identity and provide information to prove that they are legitimate creators. As a result, this process helps Amazon differentiate between human and AI-generated content by adding another layer of inspection.

Avoiding the Amazon Book Ban:

No one is saying, not even Amazon, that you can’t use Chat GPT to aid in writing your book but when it is the entirety of your writing piece, it becomes a problem. Do understand that all the platforms are cautious and there are still ways to avoid the book ban and use AI in your writing using some of these strategies:

Understand Amazon’s Content Guidelines:

The first step is to understand and adhere to Amazon’s content guidelines. The site has a strict policy that they will not allow books that violate their guidelines. Ensuring that your book follows Amazon’s guidelines reduces your risk of being banned or flagged from the site.

Distinguish Your Book from AI-Generated Content:

Use Chat GPT as an assistant, it should be a tool, not a source, it should help you generate ideas, outlines, and drafts. Then go back and critically review and edit the content to add your personal touch. Your voice should be evident in the final product.

Infuse your work with personal anecdotes, AI can’t replicate it, and this will preserve your book’s genuineity and relatability to your audience.

Similarly, using formatting, structure, and organization that reflects your style makes it more difficult for others to claim it's AI-generated.

The common factor here: Don’t forget to include your voice, vision, and your personality.

Credit Chat GPT and Be Transparent:

When using AI tools in your creative process, acknowledge their role in your work. This can either be in the introduction, acknowledgments, or the author’s note. Regardless, this establishes our integrity as an author and also helps to spread the knowledge of incorporating AI into writing.

Avoid Intellectual Property Infringement:

This is a major reason books are banned on Amazon, Intellectual Property Infringement, in other words: copyright.

Be mindful and ensure that your Chat GPT content does not contain copyrighted material, trademarks, or any other protected content. Spend time, read over your work, and even use plagiarism detection tools to ensure the originality of your work, and again: always give credit where it's due.

Adhere to Legal and Ethical Guidelines:

Adhere to legal and ethical guidelines when using Chat GPT. This includes obtaining proper licenses for the tool, respecting any data privacy regulations, and not using it to create content that is illegal or unethical.

Fortunately, Chat GPT ensures you go through this process when signing up for it to keep all your bases covered.

Provide Value and High-Quality Content:

Amazon’s marketplace aims to maintain its integrity by offering value and high-quality content to its customers. Therefore, to avoid getting banned or flagged, direct your focus toward delivering valuable, well-researched, and engaging content that appeals to your audience.

Books with unique insights or showing expertise in a field, are more likely to be accepted than flagged.

Seek Professional Editing and Proofreading:

As with any piece of writing, it should always be looked over multiple times, proofread, and edited.

This way you’re confident that your piece is at its prime quality but can also help distinguish your book from AI-generated content.

It should be common knowledge, but if you forgot, a well-edited book is more likely to be well-received by both Amazon and its customers.

It’s not news that Chat GPT has changed the way content is generated, and it is important to adapt to this new scene, as everyone else is. By using the necessary strategies to preserve your integrity as an author, you can successfully navigate the challenges associated with publishing books while using AI technology.

The key is to strike a balance between leveraging the power of AI tools, like Chat GPT, while simultaneously retaining your unique voice as an author to produce high-quality, engaging content that appeals to readers, keeps you in a good position with sites like Amazon, and prevents your chances of your work getting flagged or banned.


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