Daily Archives: December 16, 2014

Hyphen Hate? When Amazon went to war against punctuation.

All right. So it seems that Graeme Reynold got in trouble with Amazon over the use of a dash.

I can understand that myself. I mean, I always run into trouble when it comes to running into those troublesome dashes in cookbook recipes.
I mean, think about it.
There you are going along all fine and smooth with your teaspoons and tablespoons and all of a sudden they are asking for a “dash of pepper”.
What does that freaking mean, anyway?
Am I supposed to run-on-the-spot while I shake the pepper shaker?
(apologies for my misuse of the dash)
Am I supposed to wear an ascot while I shake the pepper shaker?
I mean – I don’t know about you but I can take “dash” in an awful lot of different ways.
But I do agree with Amazon on some of things they are talking about banning. For example, starting sentences with the word “but”.
What about italics?
I just don’t trust those italics, do you?
They are all so sneaky looking and slanted and and they’ve got their cursive little pinky artfully extended.
Let’s all dash out and ban the italics, shall we?

Graeme Reynolds's Blog

10520828_935072746511716_41317665270618143_nThis is a really strange blog post to have to write, simply because the situation is absurd. It would be comedic, really, if the situation was not costing me money and resulted in one of my best-selling books being unavailable in the run up to the busiest time of the year.

Let me tell you a little story.

I was sitting in front of my computer on Friday night, as is often the case, talking to friends on Facebook, randomly browsing things that seemed interesting and, in this particular case, attending the launch party for Chantal Noordeloos’s latest Coyote book, when I had an email notification arrive in my inbox from Kindle Direct Publishing.

The email was titled rather ominously as
Kindle Quality Notice: High Moor 2: Moonstruck – B00BVC7MKW

Now – Moonstruck has been out for around 18 months now. It’s done well for itself and, at the time…

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