Thursday, May 29, 2008

Amazon’s Still in the News

You may already know that Amazon has been in the news for its efforts to have all books published via print on demand be printed by Amazon in order to be sold by Amazon. The alternative if they want to do their own publishing but still be sold by Amazon is to become part of Amazon’s Advantage Program, where the POD publisher would have to give Amazon 55% of the list price, pay Amazon a yearly fee and pay for shipping.

The latest in this saga is that BookLocker has filed a class action suit against Amazon.

WritersWeekly has posted a timeline of the events leading up to this lawsuit – back to March 28 when Amazon removed the “buy” buttons for PublishAmerica books and PublishAmerica issued a statement refusing to comply with Amazon’s ultimatum.

In early April, Author’s Guild, the largest society of published book authors in the U.S., published its own statement.

Many bloggers, including me, have written about this ongoing action. Bigger news outlets, like Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal, have reported on it.

This is something individual writers should keep their eye on to see how it all shakes out.


  1. Yowza--this is unnerving. The world, including the world of publishing, is in such flux--but luckily flux burns away the dross.

  2. Love your positive attitude Conda. The publishing world is changing. It seems like lately the change is happening quickly. So much so, it's hard to keep up with it.


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