Amazon announced a limit on the number of books that can be self-published to their website, in an effort to combat the number of titles created by artificial intelligence.
“While we have not seen a spike in our publishing numbers, in order to help protect against abuse, we are lowering the volume limits we have in place on new title creations,” Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon’s e-book platform, announced on Monday.
For the past several months, Amazon has faced a number of controversies related to the presence of AI-generated content on its website. In June, the bestseller pages were overtaken by a glut of AI-written books that listed fake authors and contained nonsensical prose.
Many suspected that the AI books were a ploy to generate money because Kindle Unlimited allows readers to access as many books as they want, while the authors are paid by pages read rather than by book sales.
While some of the fake titles uploaded to the website were merely an annoyance for would-be readers, others had more alarming consequences.