Amazon Will Require Book Authors to Disclose If They Use AI

IBL News | New York has started requiring writers who want to sell books on its platform to disclose in advance if their work includes AI material (whether text, images, or translations.)

The e-commerce giant is differentiating on its content guidelines between AI-assisted content, which authors do not need to disclose, and AI-generated work.

  • “We define AI-generated content as text, images, or translations created by an AI-based tool,” said the company. “Even if you applied substantial edits afterward.”
  • “AI-assisted is if you created the content yourself, and used AI-based tools to edit, refine, error-check, or otherwise improve that content (whether text or images), then it is considered “AI-assisted” and not “AI-generated.”
  • “Similarly, if you used an AI-based tool to brainstorm and generate ideas, but ultimately created the text or images yourself, this is also considered AI-assisted.”

The Authors Guild, which represents thousands of published authors, expressed gratitude toward “the Amazon team for taking our concerns into account and enacting this important step toward ensuring transparency and accountability for AI-generated content.”

In July, more than 10,000 authors signed a letter calling on AI industry leaders to protect writers. James Patterson, Margaret Atwood, and Suzanne Collins were among the writers who endorsed the letter.