I don’t have a book out yet, but this item worries me. According to Writer’s Weekly, a top freelance writing site, Amazon.com is now bullying small publishers who use print-on-demand technology into signing contracts requiring them to use Amazon’s BookSurge POD service. Those who refuse face no longer being able to sell through Amazon. The dominant online bookseller is also barring authors and publishers from selling books at a discount below Amazon’s list price on their own sites, while Amazon itself reserves the right to discount. These moves will cripple POD leader Lightning Source, and increase costs while reducing profits for authors and publishers.
Read this report by Writers’ Weekly Publisher Angela Hoy: It’s Getting HOT IN HERE: Amazon Under Fire in the U.S. and Abroad, which includes many links.