Publishers Submitting ePub To Amazon: It’s A Trap!

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.

Um, no.

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.


Filed under Amazon Kindle, Digital Overthrow

6 responses to “Publishers Submitting ePub To Amazon: It’s A Trap!

  1. James

    I don’t see how your previous post has anything to do with this one. In that one you made a ridiculous proposition that Amazon could scan folders to discover ePub titles and then allow them to have the Kindle version without paying for them again.

    You still haven’t explained how Amazon prevents simple piracy. As a user I could name an encrypted file anything I want, Amazon scans it and sends me the Kindle book for free? There is no way they are going to do that.

    I used Apple’s eBooks as an example, and you decided to point out that you didn’t mention Apple instead of answering the question. OK, the others are encrypted as well. Unless you think Amazon is going to break the encryption to verify that the “title” is an actual books, explain how Amazon is going to know if I bought something at B&N or Sony?

    • mikecane

      If the Apple cloud music scheme outlined by the post I pointed to comes to pass, how would Apple know a music file is a music file and not a scam as you point out?

      • James

        I can pretty much guarantee that Apple will do nothing without the permission of the copyright cartels. And those files are unencrypted so they could be verified. On the other hand, they could be legitimate music files that were pirated.

        Unless you think that Amazon is going to get permission by the copyright holders to allow download of already purchased ebooks as Kindle specific books, I don’t think there is much of a parallel.

      • mikecane

        We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, what is up with using my blog name as the name in your email address?

      • Anonymous

        Some people like to use different email address variants for each place they provide an email address, so that when they get any unwanted emails they can tell where it came from and filter it more effectively.

      • James

        It’s a legitimate email address. Everything that goes to that domain comes to me.

        It is just a habit. I don’t have to think about what email address I used for any particular site. I add the blog to anything that is a proper name in the hope that blog owners don’t get confused and think I’m spoofing their names.

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