Anime News Network has received statements from J-Novel Club and Yen Press, two of three publishers who recently had titles delisted from Amazon Kindle.
J-Novel Club president Sam Pinansky described to Anime News Network his experiences with Amazon Kindle support regarding the delisting of some of its titles on Amazon Kindle. According to Pinansky, J-Novel Club attempted to get in touch with Amazon Kindle support after the delisting of some of its titles in early May 2020 and June 2020, beginning with two volumes of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord in early May 2020. Despite sending multiple inquiries over the course of weeks, Pinansky stated that he received no detailed reason from Amazon regarding the delistings, with Amazon only saying that it reserved the right to determine what was considered appropriate on its platform. According to Pinansky, Amazon Kindle support does not have the capability to communicate directly with the Kindle Content Review team, with inquiries requiring at least a week to process.
J-Novel Club also stated that it did not receive a notification of the delistings from Amazon, and were only made aware of it due to messages from users. In addition, J-Novel Club noted that those who have already purchased the books digitally will still be able to read and redownload them from their Amazon account. Pinansky also noted that all of its currently delisted digital titles still have their physical book versions available for purchase on Amazon, and that the digital English version of some of the titles are still available on the Amazon.co.jp Japanese store for purchase.
Yen Press also issued a statement to Anime News Network regarding the delisting of some of its titles for digital purchase on Amazon Kindle, noting that Amazon determined that some Yen Press titles “did not fall within their global content guidelines.” While Yen Press acknowledged that the delistings were Amazon’s prerogative, it nevertheless expressed disappointment, and added that other retailers still currently have the titles available.
As of this writing, Dark Horse Comics, the third publisher affected by these Amazon Kindle delistings, has not issued a statement on the issue.
The known list of titles currently delisted from Amazon, along with their publishers and current availability on Amazon.co.jp (if known) are as follows:
- Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest light novel Volume 6 (J-Novel Club)
- How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel Volumes 3, 6-8, 10 (J-Novel Club, Volumes 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, 12 still available on Amazon.co.jp)
- Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension light novel Volume 6 (J-Novel Club)
- There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One MYSELF! light novel Volume 1 (J-Novel Club)
- Infinite Stratos light novel Volumes 3, 8 (J-Novel Club)
- Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles light novel Volume 4 (J-Novel Club)
- Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novel Volume 1 (J-Novel Club)
- Lazy Dungeon Master light novel Volume 2 (J-Novel Club)
- The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan light novel Volumes 1-6 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
- Clockwork Planet light novel Volumes 1-4 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
- I Shall Survive Using Potions! light novel Volumes 1-4 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
- I Shall Survive Using Potions! manga Volumes 1-3 (J-Novel Club, still available on Amazon.co.jp)
- No Game, No Life light novels (Yen Press)
- Oreimo manga (Dark Horse Comics)
- Eromanga Sensei manga (Dark Horse Comics)