In a move towards greater transparency in the world of self-publishing, Amazon has introduced a set of rules and guidance for Kindle books generated with artificial intelligence (AI). These regulations require authors to explicitly inform readers when their content includes AI-generated elements.
Authors using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform must now declare if their content includes AI-generated components. This requirement applies to both new book publications and revisions of existing titles.
Amazon's content guidelines have been expanded to include definitions for "AI-generated" and "AI-assisted" content. Sellers are not obligated to disclose AI assistance but must do so for AI-generated elements.
The move follows Amazon's recent removal of suspected AI-generated books that mimicked the works of real authors. The company asserts its commitment to monitoring the evolving landscape of generative AI's impact on writing and publishing.
The guidelines place the onus on sellers to review and edit AI-generated content to ensure it doesn't infringe on copyrighted works.
The Society of Authors in the UK welcomes Amazon's initiative but calls for similar inquiries into all books published on KDP. They seek clarity on how readers can distinguish AI-generated content in search results.
The society seeks guarantees from Amazon that it will adhere to recommended contractual terms regarding AI's use in publishing, ensuring the protection of authors' rights and works.
Amazon's move to enhance transparency in self-published Kindle books marks a significant step in addressing the rise of AI-generated content. As the literary world navigates the intersection of AI and human creativity, the industry and its readers seek measures to preserve the integrity of creative works.
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