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Amazon is tightening its ebook return policy to thwart BookTok

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Amazon plans to limit automatic e-book returns to cases where people haven’t read more than 10 percent of the book. according to the authors’ guild. The change, which follows complaints that Kindle buyers were returning titles they had read in their entirety for a refund, is expected to take place by the end of the year.

The Authors Guild says it reached a settlement after negotiating with Amazon executives. individual authors expressed concern about an increase in yields Earlier this year, he said Amazon would bill them for any royalties they get from the books. Some attributed the rise of the practice to the TikTok video platform’s book community, and in a press release, the guild blamed “BookTok influencers” for encouraging people to get “free” books by… .

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