Feb 26, 2012

Amazon Is Pro-Amazon, Not Pro-Author

Jim C Hines is a published author who offers a cautionary tale about publishing books through Amazon. He publishes several e-book titles with Amazon, and recently discovered that Amazon reserves the right to re-price his books at will, and pay him royalties on the lower rate, not the original, agreed-upon rate, regardless of whether he has agreed to this change or not.

Amazon has declined to respond to his questions about the matter.

This is something traditional publishers would never do, but as Hines concludes, " I am telling you to go in with your eyes open, and to understand that despite what the cheerleaders might suggest, Amazon is not pro-author. They’re pro-Amazon."

A cautionary tale about the power Amazon has over books, and the way they are created, consumed and sold.

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