An author on one of my publisher's loops posted a link to this article this morning. I am wondering how far-reaching this is going to become.
Contrary to what he stated at the very beginning of our conversation, Mr. Clifford finally admitted that books not converted to BookSurge would have the "buy" button turned off on Amazon.com, just as we'd heard from several other POD publishers who had similar conversations with Amazon/BookSurge representatives.
"Our vision is to be earth's most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online."
Mr. Clifford said authors of those books could participate in the Amazon.com Advantage Program, meaning they would have to pay Amazon $29.95 per year PLUS 55% of the list price of their book, as well as buy and then send those books to Amazon directly for them to warehouse and ship to customers.
Eeeek! So now authors must write and promote their books, along with buying books from their publishers, and shipping them to Amazon?
At 55%, I would LOSE money with every copy that Amazon sold. I guarantee I won't be doing this. I couldn't afford to.
The bottom line: As readers and authors, we are in a pretty rotten position--stuck in the middle. I can speak with my wallet, but will my voice be enough?
The article's author, Angela, makes the following recommendations:
What can you do? Let Amazon know what you think about this "offer" by Amazon/BookSurge.
The names of their Officers and Directors are here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-govManage
Amazon's Investor Relations Team email address appears near the bottom of this page: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-faq
Their address is:
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108-1226
Next, tell your author friends, your book buyers, your website visitors, your ezine subscribers and everyone else about this situation. Amazon.com was built on books. Books are written by authors. Unfortunately, it appears authors may ultimately be the innocent pawns in this power struggle.
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