Escape from Stalag $7: Why Amazon’s Pricing Box Is Bad for Indies
But after all the fireworks and fun, the one thing I never ever received from AAAG were coherent answers to my questions, particularly the most important one of all. And that is: Why has Amazon placed indies in a $7 dollar pricing box? Why does it grab 65% of your revenue (not counting its transmission fees, which it charges on every transfer and which vary based on book size) if you price under $2.99 and the same if you charge over $9.99? This is an issue of critical importance to indies because it is not financially feasible to hand over that level of margin to a reseller for a download service. (And if you think Amazon is paying you a “royalty” when you fork over that 65% operating expense, please stop reading now. You are incurably ignorant and I cannot help you.)
Generally I tend to stay the fuck away from publishing these days. Why continue to bang my head against a wall?
But sometimes a post rises to the level of requiring reading by others.
The above is such a post.
Amazon isn’t concerned about how many books it sells as being good for writers. It wants to sell as many books as possible because it’s good for Amazon.
If Amazon could sell fifty-seven billion books yet have each writer make only a dollar in a year, that’d suit Amazon just fine.
And while I focus on Amazon here — because the originating post is about it — this holds true for all companies that have managed to create a stranglehold in any area.
This is just nuts. Amazon loves books? Do they know how to read any?
Originally posted on Graeme Reynolds's Blog:
This is a really strange blog post to have to write, simply because the situation is absurd. It would be comedic, really, if the situation was not costing me money and resulted in one of my best-selling books being unavailable in the run up to the busiest time of the year.
Let me tell you a little story.
I was sitting in front of my computer on Friday night, as is often the case, talking to friends on Facebook, randomly browsing things that seemed interesting and, in this particular case, attending the launch party for Chantal Noordeloos’s latest Coyote book, when I had an email notification arrive in my inbox from Kindle Direct Publishing.
The email was titled rather ominously as
Kindle Quality Notice: High Moor 2: Moonstruck – B00BVC7MKW
Now – Moonstruck has been out for around 18 months now. It’s done well for itself and, at the time…
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Thanks to Dan for getting these for me:
Pictures after the break.
Amazon to Lease Entire Manhattan Building, Hinting at Retail Ambitions
Amazon.com agreed to lease 470,000 square feet of space in midtown Manhattan from Vornado Realty Trust, including a site people familiar with the matter say will serve as a same-day shipping hub, warehouse and the company’s first customer-facing brick-and-mortar location.
The Seattle e-commerce giant has agreed to lease the space for 17 years, according to a statement from Vornado Thursday. The Wall Street Journal last month reported Amazon’s plans for the brick-and-mortar location, on one of Manhattan’s busiest commercial streets.
And it’s the place I visited earlier: No Evidence Of Amazon Store In NYC
Apparently Amazon’s ambitions are far grander than a mere pop-up store for the holidays.
I wonder how soon there will be Amazon delivery bicycles zooming around Manhattan?
Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute
Amazon and Hachette announced Thursday morning that they have resolved their differences and signed a new multiyear contract, bringing to an official end one of the most bitter publishing conflicts in recent years.
Neither side gave details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves happy with the terms. Hachette gets the ability to set the prices on its e-books, which was a major battleground in the dispute.
“This is great news for writers,” said Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s chief executive.
Keep dreaming. It’s “good news” only for Hachette.
All the writers who couldn’t shut the fuck up during this are now on The Blacklist.
Actual photo of Jeff Bezos thanking one of the writers who turned against him:
Now you know what he means when he says, “Let’s do some business together.”
Y’all better hope Jack Ma of Alibaba loves books …
I was in the area today and remembered to go check it out.
Ah! The pumpkins! Will their excitement be … ermmmm … kindled?
I think not.
Amazon Unveils High-End Kindle Reader and Low-Price 6-Inch Tablet
Amazon.com Inc. introduced a handful of new devices, including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end electronic-reader that the company says is the closest e-reading experience to plain paper.
The $200 Kindle Voyage is the thinnest Amazon e-reader so far and has a magnesium body. Its flush display is much higher in pixel density and 39% brighter than Amazon’s $100 Kindle Paperwhite, making it easier on the eyes, especially in direct sunlight, the company said. The screen’s texture even looks slightly speckled, reminiscent of high-quality paper fiber.
I didn’t expect Amazon to go the premium route, even after I saw the Japan price for the Voyage was about US$250 (something I figured was a Japan Thing…).
And Amazon slaps down all the craptabs too.
Amazon Kindle Voyage with high-res display coming soon?
The first credible rumors of a thinner, lighter, higher-resolution Kindle surfaced many months ago.
I’ve been telling people it was coming. Now it’s confirmed.
According to the cached Amazon Japan page, it’ll be released — at least in Japan — on November 4th: