People laughed at this post: How Amazon Could Switch Over ePub Book Buyers
I still think I’m going to have the last laugh.
Everyone has been buzzing about how Amazon now asks publishers to submit ePub files.
Everyone, including me, has thought that was only because ePub is what most publishers are doing and Amazon has created a meatgrinder to do the conversion to Kindle format for them as an accommodation and convenience.
Check your contracts with Amazon.
I think you’ll find that by submitting such files, you have also given Amazon a license to use those files themselves.
Some people in eBook production have insisted they have seen Kindle files sent to people that also include the ePub file embedded in them.
If that’s the case, that’s evidence right there that Amazon sees submission of an ePub file as part of its license.
Why hasn’t any publisher complained about that? Why hasn’t any publisher seen it as foul play? Why hasn’t the issue of Copyright infringement been raised?
Because you’ve already given Amazon permission for ePub as well as Kindle.
So at any damn time Amazon wishes to do so, it could pull the kind of switch I’ve written about above.
It’s just a matter of when Amazon thinks it has enough inventory to make it worth its while to do such a swap.
Why did this occur to me just today? I was thinking of how Apple slapped down greedy Lodsys. I think Amazon has the law on its side here and publishers can’t do a damn thing about it.
I am not a lawyer. But publishers have them.
Get them busy looking at those contracts again.