Monday, May 12, 2008

Amazon in the News Again

Amazon has been making news for months now. Some good; some not so good.

Remember Amazon’s ebook reader, the Kindle? Its sales seem to be still going well.

You’re hopefully aware of their push to have all publishers who use print-on-demand technology have to publish through Amazon’s POD arm in order to sell on Amazon. You can look at my post back in March to learn more.

You have to go back a little farther to remember that New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance put the screws to Amazon by deciding to tax Amazon and other e-tailers who don’t have a presence in the state.

This so greatly affected Amazon that this bill became known as the “Amazon tax.” Finally, according to Wired, after all this time Amazon has decided to fight.
The Seattle-based online retailer filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, calling the law unconstitutional.

Amazon argues that it shouldn’t have to pay (or collect) New York state taxes since it doesn’t have an office in the state. They also argue that the law “intentionally targets Amazon.”

If you sell your books on Amazon, especially if you’re an affiliate, this is something to keep an eye on.

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