Saturday, April 05, 2008

Amazon and Booksurge Force Authors out of POD Options

Have you heard about Amazon forcing authors to print with Booksurge in order to be listed on website? 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 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 and publisher of Read Angela Hoy's entire article here:

Will traditional publishers will be next? Will Amazon eventually require all books sold through to be printed by BookSurge?

The comments from people are pouring in on Hoy's site and you can read them here:

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 Or you may write a letter to them at this address:, Inc.
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108-1226

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