Amazon Publishing Gets a Black-Eye from Other Booksellers and Publishers

flying book      Amazon has annoyed and frustrated many over the years, particularly authors and publishers, with its insistence it was “their way or the highway.”

And true to say, it seemed that Amazon could do whatever it darn well pleased, could play fast and loose with these key players in their business model, simply because it appeared  unstoppable and had an invincible sway in book distribution.

But some recent events indicate that Amazon may have finally crossed the line with too many in the book world for its own good. Ah, Karma.  Some forces are bigger than even Amazon.

Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon (from NPR)

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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6 Responses to Amazon Publishing Gets a Black-Eye from Other Booksellers and Publishers

  1. Mikels Skele says:

    The comments on the NPR story are especially illuminating. Apparently, it’s everyone for themselves, devil take the hindmost, for critics and fans of Amazon alike.


    • Amazon has done a lot of wonderful things in terms of making more books available, almost instantaneously with Kindles, to more people. BUT–having been on both sides of the fence (I’m not just a customer, but an author too), I can attest to their strong arm, take-it leave-it tactics. And don’t get me started on their so called “review” system–their “Vine” program, available for a “price,” stuffs thousands of good reviews next to so-so (or worse) books


      • Mikels Skele says:

        It’s not clear to me how their take-it-or-leave-it tactics differ from, say, Doubleday?


        • Without getting into contractual nitty gritty, the difference boils down to the fact that 1) Amazon is vertically integrated, meaning it is all at once a retailer, etailer, publisher and distributor and 2) Doubleday is one of thousands of trade publishers who, primarily, publish books which are then sold BY retailers, etailers and bookclubs. Publishers almost have to do business with Amazon, authors can shop among publishers for the best deal, editor etc. Amazon has become for most publishers their biggest “customer.”


  2. Stuff Jeff Reads says:

    I prefer brick and mortar stores. There is just something about going into a bookstore that makes me feel good.


    • Yes, well, me too! Haha. I confess I was an independent bookseller myself for 12 years (before I went to work for publishers in NYC)! Can’t beat a good independent bookstore–even the aroma of all those books together is just divine! 🙂


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