Amazon has made updates to its terms and conditions for publishing books through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) following complaints from a group of authors in the United States. These authors claimed that AI-generated content was flooding the platform, which was affecting the visibility of works created by human authors.
The new guidelines state that authors must disclose to Amazon if their book utilizes AI-generated content, whether it be the body of the text, illustrations, cover design, or translation. However, authors have the option to withhold this information if the book is AI-assisted, meaning it was initially written by a human and then edited, refined, and spell-checked with the help of AI. In any case, the book publisher must still confirm and take responsibility for the copyright of the content, even if it is AI-generated.
It is important to note that these guidelines primarily concern the relationship between authors and Amazon. The company has not yet clarified whether they will disclose to customers whether a book was entirely AI-generated or not, for those who purchase books on the Kindle platform.
TLDR: Amazon has updated its publishing guidelines for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in response to complaints about the excessive use of AI-generated content. Authors are now required to disclose if their book uses AI-generated content, but have the option to withhold this information if the book is AI-assisted. Amazon has not indicated whether customers will be informed about the use of AI in the books they purchase.