Amazon: “We Win, You Lose.”

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.

2 Comments

Filed under Amazon Kindle, Digital Overthrow, Friction, Pricing

2 responses to “Amazon: “We Win, You Lose.”

  1. No, that’s not a post worth reading.

    There are a couple flawed assumptions in that post: one, that indie authors have an obligation to explain Amazon’s policies, and two, that they have an obligation to educate him.

    And do you know the real reason he can’t get anyone to answer his questions? It’s because he is a troll. He’s blighted my comment section on more than one occasion.

    And many of his conclusions are just nonsense.

  2. rickchapman

    But thousands of authors did and still are.

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