Chris A. Baird | September 4, 2020
Can A Self Published Book Be Republished?

So you now have published a book and you're thinking if it would be possible to edit or revise it. Find out whether or not a self-published book can be republished.

Today's question has three answers and you're going to want to stick around. Because the third answer is a secret as to how republishing your book can get your account shut down on Amazon.

So, let's get into it. The question that was sent in today was, can a self published book be republished? This is a very common question because there are several reasons you might wish to republish your book.

One of them would be, what if you've had major changes in the book itself? You've done some editing, maybe put a new cover on it. You've got new content and you added a chapter.

There are some reasons you might want to do this. Maybe the book, it has been so long time ago and now you simply want to get it back out there may be on a different platform.

We are going to look at these answers to these questions today, so stick around. But before we get into the answers, grab a copy of my Self-Publishing Secrets Checklist. It will make sure you're not skipping any steps that are going to cost you sales on your book.

So, can a self published book be republished? Well, let's take a look. When I first got into self-publishing, my personal story on this one is that I would create books.

I would make modifications to the books. But then I would just push them back out as the same. So I personally don't have any experience with republishing a book.

Rather, we would just simply be reposting the content for the book so that the newest versions that are coming out or not really versions per se but in terms of fixing mistakes that have been found.

Some of my readers had found mistakes and then those mistakes were corrected. Grammar mistakes or other types of mistakes that might have slipped through the cracks during the editing process that I make those changes and revisions to the things.

Then I roll it out and it's still the same book with the same ISBN and all of these sorts of things. However, I can say that during this process, I have been in contact with lots of people in different forums and different locations.

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Those people who have been self-publishers, some of them are getting their accounts threatened and shut down by Amazon based upon some of this republishing. There's an entire game around this republishing issue and I'm going to get into that today.

So, can a self published book be republished? Well, the first answer is yes. You're free to come out with the new versions of your book. So you have Edition 1, Edition 2, and Edition 3.

This happens all the time. Sometimes, even people will take books that were published a long time ago and gone out of Print, and then they will republish them.

Don't Get Your Account Banned

Another example would be books that are now in the public domain. Because they were published so long ago, you can publish those books out. In a sense that would be republishing but is it your self-published book or somebody else's self-published book?

If it's out of the public domain, you are free to republish it under your own thing. Though there are some challenges and issues on that. Amazon will try to filter because they see the market getting flooded with these books that are low-quality and they don't like that.

But for you, you are free to republish your book. Nobody has any rules against this. However, I'm going to get into some of the details here.

The second answer is if you're making minor changes to your book and we're still talking about the exact same book, even if you're going to add another chapter, fix mistakes, put a new cover on your book, you could even change the title, then you're simply going to just re-upload those files.

We are of course talking about the digital version and not the print version. It is also what I have done previously many times as I improve the quality and the formatting of the existing books that I have.

If I'm coming out with new titles on some of the books to get better keywords, I can't change it on the print version because it would require a new ISBN. So generally, I will leave that alone but you can come out with new covers and such.

So, the title itself will stay frozen on audiobooks and print books. But in terms of the Kindle eBooks, you're able to redo them, changing the names, all of the metadata, the publishing company, and the author. All of it can be changed.

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This is a very important thing you're going to want to keep in mind if you're doing this. But now, let's get into the secret answer of the day. That is you can get your account banned from Amazon for publishing a book that they've previously restricted.

So they tell you your book violates somebody else's copyright. Somebody else has claimed that book as theirs. The material that you're using is ripped off the internet.

Maybe you had a ghostwriter write for you or something like that. And they were using the material so Amazon takes down your book. That's a warning shot against your books and to your account.

They will say, hey you're using content that you do not have the right to use. So, you've got this clever idea, "I've got an idea, I'll just republish it as a different book". Except for the fact that Amazon, they're in their algorithm.

The machine learning and the artificial intelligence they're using in their systems are going to just simply look and say, wait for a second, we just told you this content was forbidden and you're republishing it.

They could have other reasons too. The content is offensive or violates their terms and their agreements. It may be violating their policies, it's misleading, it's making promises, or it's hate literature or any of these sorts of things that would cause Amazon to flag this particular piece of content.

Stick With Their Terms And Conditions

Your idea is that "they want to stop me there but I'll just republish it". This can get your account shut down. This is if they've told you they don't want that book, then do not republish that book on Amazon. So, that was our first issue.

The second issue is what if the original version is still on Amazon and your new version really doesn't differ by I think 50% or 20%. I can't remember but you should check up on this.

But it can't be like, "oh I've changed 5% of the book. I added a new chapter so I'll call it Edition 2. Now I've got 2 functionally identical books".

On Amazon, this is a violation of their terms as well. This can get your account banned. So, I would not suggest that unless we're talking about completely redoing the book.

So that if we compare the 2 manuscripts which Amazon will do, they're not going to find those 2 to be the same. Now, as I mentioned in previous blogs, if you're doing bundles, you can come out with a book that has both of those manuscripts together.

Because the content has got the entire manuscript of the first book but then it's got a second book and they put the 2 together. So now, it's a high enough percentage that is different than the original book. So, this is not going to create any problems with the books that you're publishing.

You will not get warning shots from Amazon against that. I can tell you one thing is the people I've seen who are making upwards of $10,000 a month, suddenly have their accounts completely shut down overnight for violating Amazon's terms.

Sometimes, they don't completely tell you what it is you did wrong or they do force arbitration. There are several ways Amazon has of messing with your account. It will be messing with you personally if you choose to violate these rules.

So, I would suggest following Amazon's rules. Do not do anything that would possibly find a little loophole or you find some little clever thing. They are going to catch up with you so it's not a good idea.

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It is best to stick with their terms and conditions that Amazon has when you are going to be publishing your book. Do not republish a book that you already have out there or a book in which they have already told you they don't want that book on their platform.

So, those are just a few of the tips that I have found. Can self published book be republished? What have you found? Let me know below in the comments.

Have you published a book on Amazon? Have you received any of these warning messages? I would really love to hear from you.

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