I, along with two other writers, wrote a book and got it published a few years ago. Two months or so down the road, the publisher went bankrupt. We have since attained rights to the book. The problem is, the book is still up at Amazon and if anyone buys it, surely the publisher will be reaping the rewards with no compensation for us.
We are revising the book and selling it in the Kindle store, but the problem with that is the old book will be showing up on our author profiles and is still turning up in search. We don't want anyone to buy this book and we don't want this book to be confused with this new book. It's basically a revised edition, new cover and possibly new title, but we would love to keep the title. Keeping the title will have its problems as people might click on the old one and not the new one. It's a mess.
I went to the Internet and asked and this was one response:
"If you're a seller, just log into your seller account. If your book is being sold by your publisher, contact your publisher. If it's a used book, other than buying up copies, it's legal to sell used books. If it's an empty listing, Amazon tends to keep these listings in case the book is ever reprinted."
That makes sense, but I am not the seller, the seller is nowhere to be found (they went undercover after it happened owing a lot of authors checks). But I am the co-author.
I found this on the Amazon site:
How do I remove an old or out-of-print listing from the Amazon.com catalog?I still don't know how to do it or even if it can be done.
As you may know, we offer customers the opportunity to locate out-of-print books through our Marketplace feature. It is our aim to list a wide selection of titles for our customers' reference and convenience, so it is not our practice to remove a listing even when it is out of print.
If the case is such that a new edition is replacing the edition we list in our store, you'll need to help us get the new version online. Please consult the List Your Titles section of this guide for instructions on how to add new titles to our Book Store.
Please understand that we are currently posting both new and old versions of any given publication. It should be clear to customers to buy the available edition, and we realize the OP version may prove distracting. Rest assured we are working on ways to improve the display of new and old editions on our site.
What to do about this?