Saturday, April 05, 2008
Amazon and Booksurge Force Authors out of POD Options
Amazon.com was built on books and authors. Unfortunately, it appears authors may ultimately be the innocent pawns in a power struggle.
Reports from the POD underground reveal that Amazon/BookSurge representatives have been approaching some Lightning Source customers and basically telling them they can either have BookSurge start printing their books or the "buy" button on their Amazon.com book pages will be "turned off."
I couldn't believe what I was reading when I found an article written by Angela Hoy, the co-owner of POD services company BookLocker.com and publisher of WritersWeekly.com. Read Angela Hoy's entire article here: http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/004597_03272008.html.
Will traditional publishers will be next? Will Amazon eventually require all books sold through Amazon.com to be printed by BookSurge?
The comments from people are pouring in on Hoy's site and you can read them here: http://www.writersweekly.com/amazon.php.
She encourages folks to let Amazon know what they think about this Amazon/BookSurge monopoly by contacting their Officers and Directors . Amazon's Investor Relations Team email addresses are listed at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-faq. Or you may write a letter to them at this address:
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108-1226