When writer Holly Lisle tried to publish her book, How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market in the iBookstore, it was rejected because of references to Amazon within the book.
When Lisle first submitted the book for publication, Apple explained that it was rejected because it included links to Amazon. She explains on her blog: “Lesson 6 includes my ‘Amazon River’ technique, in which I show students how I use a couple of useful bits of Amazon’s website software and the Amazon database to figure out how to find alternative genres for their books if they aren’t having any luck selling it in the genre they wrote it for.” However, once she resubmitted the work without links, it was rejected again.
As an author who writes guides to self-publishing, Lisle stresses the importance of Amazon in self-publishing. She continues on her blog: “And cold moment of truth here—you cannot write a writing course that includes information on publishing and self-publishing and NOT mention Amazon. It’s the place where your writers are going to make about 90% of their money.”
Her response to the whole ordeal? She’s pulling her works from the iBookstore. (Via Daily Tech.)