Well, that’s one decision finally made and out of the way. I’ve written about my decision to see how well my books can do without Amazon. And about my willingness to examine all the pluses and minuses before making a final decision. Over the last few months, Amazon has done nothing to change any of my already-existing objections to publishing for the Kindle. Just the opposite. The more I’ve learned about the fine print in the publishing agreement, and read about authors being more or less screwed by Amazon in a variety of ways, the less inclined I’ve been to change my mind.
I haven’t spent a huge slice of my time thinking about it, but now I don’t have to think about it at all. Amazon managed to give me, not one but two more reasons to continue on my own way. First, the probably legal but highly unethical price-cutting offer. Scan a book in a real bookstore, send it to Amazon, and get money off on your Amazon purchase. I think the amount is $5.00. Second, the KDP loan program in which you make your book unavailable anywhere but Amazon in return for (maybe) getting a cut of the pie set aside for that purpose. If you’re selling lots of books on Amazon and none or hardly any anyplace else, this could be a good deal. If you’re hardly selling any on Amazon, but selling a decent amount elsewhere, you exchange those sales for Amazon money that will probably mean a net loss for you. The web is full of discussion, pro and con. Go read it.
Amazon just loaded its last straws on this camel’s back. I still buy books from them, but always look elsewhere first. That chances that I’ll ever see my books for sale on Amazon? Pretty much zero to none.