Monday, April 16, 2012

A is for Amazon

Lately, I've been amazed and baffled by all of the hoopla over Amazon.com. Recent blog posts, articles, essays and even TV news stories, which decry one or sometimes all of the following.

Amazon is the devil

Amazon is plotting to take over the world and control literature worldwide.


And the most ridiculous one of them all, Amazon is abusing it's authors, and they just don't know it.


For the first time in history, authors are able to make real money and enjoy the freedom of control of their own product. Since I've been writing and studying the publishing industry, I've heard a constant lament from traditionally published authors about how little money they make, how infrequently they get paid, how they weren't allowed to have creative input when it comes to their covers or book titles, etc., etc., etc.

Amazon pays either a 35% or 70% royalty. while traditional publishers pay their authors between 12-17.5%. The company does not make the pricing decisions for independent authors. Authors choose their own price and royalty rate.

As long as I live, I will never understand human nature. Why is it that many people will fight for dear life to hold onto what has formerly taken advantage of them? Joe Konrath took a lot of flack about his entries on the subject here and here, so I won't rehash them, but I tend to agree with him.

This whole argument is ridiculous. Get over it.

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