Update: Marcus reports that CreateSpace subsequently apologized and said this warning should not have been sent.
On Tuesday, writer Michael N. Marcus submitted the manuscript of his latest book, The Brainy Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing, to the CreateSpace print-on-demand service for printing. As one might expect, Amazon came in for some mentions—indeed, given the effect they’ve had on the self-publishing landscape, it would be surprising to see any treatise on self-publishing in the present-day that didn’t mention them. Marcus said that the mentions were “approximately 99% positive.”
CreateSpace sent him the following response:
The interior file submitted for this title contains text referencing Amazon.com. Please remove all text and/or logos which reference Amazon.com.
This is made all the weirder by the fact that CreateSpace is an Amazon subsidiary.
Given that Marcus is a writer and a blogger, this is perhaps not the wisest thing that CreateSpace could have done, since now the word is going to go out that CreateSpace will choose not to print books for the flimsiest of reasons. Of course, it’s their right to do that if they want, but it’s not going to endear them to authors who might otherwise be thinking of using them.
As for Marcus, he’s going to have his book printed by Lightning Source instead.