There is an emerging problem on the Kindle Bookstore, books that use AI. Authors are submitted hundreds of titles a week that list the author or co-author ChatGPT. There are likely thousands of books submitted every couple of weeks and not citing AI at all. Amazon does not have any safeguards or terms of service that prevent millions of books written by AI. This is going to be a massive problem in the coming months, and readers will be the ones who pay.
On YouTube, TikTok and Reddit hundreds of tutorials have spring up, demonstrating how to make a book in just a few hours. Subjects include get-rich-quick schemes, dieting advice, software coding tips and recipes. There are even paid courses authors have made to walk through using AI to write books, from beginning to end.
“This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work,” said Mary Rasenberger, executive director of writers’ group the Authors Guild. Ghostwriting – by humans – has a long tradition, she said, but the ability to automate through AI could turn book writing from a craft into a commodity. “There needs to be transparency from the authors and the platforms about how these books are created or you’re going to end up with a lot of low-quality books,” she said.
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