Amazon Digitally Stomps Its Foot, Pulls 5,000 Kindle Titles Over Contract Terms With IPG
Amazon is having a real hard time playing with others, lately. Between their tense, often bullying relationship with small stores and their penchant for picking the pockets of authors, they're on pretty much everyone's shit-list. Everybody, including Independent Publishers Group, the distributor who provides necessary services to smaller client publishers, and refused to give in to Amazon's new contract demands. As a result, Amazon hasn't renewed... which means 5,000 IPG Kindle titles are no longer available.
Our electronic book agreement recently came up for renewal, and Amazon took the opportunity to propose new terms for electronic and print purchases that would have substantially changed your revenue from the sale of both. It’s obvious that publishers can’t continue to agree to terms that increasingly reduce already narrow margins.
To try to get Amazon to change its mind, IPG is encouraging its client publishers to re-word their sites (to include a line about how the title is no longer available on Kindle) and inform their authors of the change, so that they can be vocal about Amazon's behavior.
Who will Amazon pick on next? I'm sure there's some kid with a lemonade stand who needs to be shut down for copyright infringement or something.
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