IngramSpark, the self-publishing division of the book distributor Ingram Content Group, sent out an email today informing users of a new policy intended to reduce misleading and poor-quality books.
IngramSpark is taking a necessary stand to uphold the integrity of and reduce bias against independently published works. To align with our industry's needs for content integrity, we will actively remove print content from our catalog that does harm to buyers and affects the reputations of our publishers and retail and library partners.
So what content will be affected?
Blank notebooks, for one, and you will no longer be able to make a workbook without first getting permission of the copyright holder, but mostly books that are crap. Ingram gave us a list:
- Summaries, workbooks, abbreviations, insights, or similar type content without permission from the original author.
- Books containing blank pages exceeding ten percent, notepads, scratchpads, journals, or similar type content.
- Books or content that mirror/mimic popular titles, including without limiting, similar covers, cover design, title, author names, or similar type content.
- Books that are misleading or likely to cause confusion by the buyer, including without limiting, inaccurate descriptions and cover art.
- Books listed at prices not reflective of the book’s market value.
- Books scanned from original versions where all or parts contain illegible content to the detriment of the buyer.
- Books created using artificial intelligence or automated processes.
All in all, this is a great policy; let's just hope that they put as much care into implementing it as they did when they devised the rules.