EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Takes Light Novels, Manga From the Kindle Bookshelf: Publishers Respond


Over the previous few months, rumors started to swirl that Amazon US had been delisting sure manga and light-weight novel sequence from its Kindle platform. Whereas increasingly customers observed that favorites similar to No Sport No Life, How To not Summon A Demon Lord, and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash had been delisted, publishers hadn’t spoken out concerning the challenge, till now.


J-Novel Membership launched a assertion on their Twitter account on July 14 informing readers that a lot of their titles had been delisted. Yen Press adopted swimsuit half a day later with their very own assertion. 



We verified at the moment that beginning July 11th, all books within the sequence The Biggest Magicmaster's Retirement Plan, I Shall Survive Utilizing Potions (Manga+LN), How To not Summon a Demon Lord, and Clockwork Planet (LN) are now not accessible on the market on Amazon Kindle (besides .co.jp)

— J-Novel Membership (@jnovelclub) July 14, 2020




Sadly, we now have confirmed with Amazon that they’ve opted to take away our No Sport No Life titles from their platform.

Fortunately, there are different retailers, each bodily and digital, which might be thrilled that will help you assist for these titles within the type of money exchanged for items! pic.twitter.com/xDbXGFvyBs

— Yen Press (@yenpress) July 14, 2020



Crunchyroll Information reached out to J-Novel Membership, Yen Press, and Amazon, in addition to different publishers who weren’t capable of remark in time for publication, to get the complete story of what was occurring, why it might be occurring, and what might be completed about it.


As of publication, Amazon has not but given their assertion to Crunchyroll Information. We are going to replace the story if it turns into accessible.


J-Novel Membership founder Sam Pinansky informed Crunchyroll Information that the primary occasion of a light-weight novel being delisted was within the first week of Could when two separate volumes of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord had been taken off the digital retailer. Pinansky mentioned that after a number of makes an attempt to contact Amazon, J-Novel Membership wasn’t given any clear reasoning on why the books had been delisted, so the corporate “tried to reupload the 2 books,” however per week later one among them was taken down once more, with the remainder of the sequence being delisted on Could 11.


"Regardless of being very upset concerning the state of affairs we will solely ship extra e-mail queries to the Kindle content material assessment group, which is able to solely reply to us (ultimately) with the identical generic emails," Pinansky mentioned.


Kurt Hassler, the Managing Director of Yen Press mentioned in a press release offered to Crunchyroll Information that they had been “disenchanted each time it turns into tougher for books to search out their manner into the arms of enthusiastic readers.” Although Yen Press solely first discovered about their titles being delisted by an automatic e-mail final week, Hassler defined.

Pinansky mentioned that regardless of a number of makes an attempt over the previous few months to get in touch with anybody on a assessment group at Kindle by e-mail, they rang the assist cellphone line and requested assist tickets, doing so 10 or 12 instances. “Cellphone assist has no energy to override or receive any additional info from Kindle Content material Evaluate.” Although all J-Novel Membership obtained in response from Amazon after a number of nine-day waits are a generic e-mail which reads:


“As acknowledged in our tips, we reserve the correct to find out what we take into account to be applicable, which incorporates cowl photos and content material throughout the e book. We’re unable to elaborate additional on particular particulars concerning our content material tips past what is accessible right here."


Based on Pinansky, no clarification on which of the rules was damaged and that “if there’s a assessment course of that's truly happening, it’s a full black-box and the other of clear.” 


Hassler defined that “after reaching out [to Amazon] for clarification on the matter, [Yen Press] had been knowledgeable {that a} dedication had been made that the books didn’t fall inside their international content material tips.”



Whereas the sunshine novels and manga have been delisted from Amazon US, J-Novel Membership mentioned on Twitter that the English variations of the identical volumes – alongside the Japanese editions – had been nonetheless accessible. Pinansky speculated that “content material assessment groups for every language are separate.” It must be famous that the print model of How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord continues to be accessible, which Pinansky speculated, “All this implies is that this isn’t the results of some constant coverage being utilized. It’s the very definition of arbitrary and capricious.”


Pinansky additional theorized that as a result of the delisting began in Could, and has appeared to turn out to be much more aggressive since then, that “that is as a result of Kindle Content material Evaluate black field starting to rely extra closely on automated methods to detect problematic content material … resulting from COVID-19, so my suspicion is that they sped up the method and minimize out a major quantity of human checking counting on some auto-recognition system.”


Pinansky hopes that, “As soon as the virus state of affairs is below correct management, Amazon will restaff or reconfigure the content material assessment division to truly be capable of do their job accurately.”



“Whereas we clearly want [the removed titles] had been nonetheless accessible,” Hassler mentioned, “making the choice as to what to supply their patrons is clearly the prerogative of the vendor. Nonetheless, we’re grateful to the followers who’ve expressed their assist and to the various different shops that proceed to make the books available.”


Pinansky additionally knowledgeable Crunchyroll Information that he reached out to Jeff Bezos’ private e-mail deal with, and was as soon as once more given the identical generic e-mail in response.


Checklist of sunshine novels and manga which have been down from the Kindle retailer:

The Biggest Magicmaster's Retirement Plan (Mild Novel) – J-Novel Membership
I Shall Survive Utilizing Potions (Manga and Mild Novel) – J-Novel Membership
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord (Mild Novel) – J-Novel Membership
Clockwork Planet (Mild Novel) – J-Novel Membership
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Quantity 1 (Mild Novel) – J-Novel Membership
Infinite Stratos Quantity 3 (Mild Novel) – J-Novel Membership
No Sport No Life (Mild Novel) – Yen Press
Oreimo (Mild Novel) – Darkish Horse Comics
Eromanga Sensei (Mild Novel) – Darkish Horse Comics


Whereas the above titles are actually unavailable on Kindle they’re nonetheless accessible from BOOK WALKER, NOOK, Google Books, Apple Books, KOBO, and lots of extra shops, together with bodily bookstores and retailers. 


Due to Crunchyroll Information editor Joe Luster for added help with interviews.


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll Information. He additionally runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff known as TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts images of his travels on Instagram.