Tuesday News: A bookless library; a glimpse at the technological divide from a former inmate; self published author declares Amazon is after the indies
This post gins up hysteria to a Defcon level based on nothing. This is hostile to actual facts such as 4 out of the top 10 Kindle books are self published or that Amazon’s ability to push exclusive content without having to deal with major publishers is a major boon to them. Amazon has no incentive to drive out the indies in favor of the mainstream publishers. It is actively trying to weaken mainstream publishing bargaining positions. The move toward policing reviews is designed to ensure customer trustworthiness in the review system. All Amazon ever does is to try to sell more product, hook more people on its service. May Amazon, at some point, reduce royalty rates paid to those who use KDP or tie higher royalty rates with longer exclusive terms? Sure, but that doesn’t mean Amazon is trying to drive away indies and individuals who believe that because their sales are somehow not as robust are making baseless accusations not grounded in fact.