The question to ask about Amazon is what does it see as the future relationship between it and publishers, authors, and readers of ebooks? For the publisher, the author, and the reader, is the glass half full or half empty? That is, will Amazon remain friend or turn foe?
A recent Seattle Times article “Amazon.com trying to wring deep discounts from publishers” regarding Amazon’s behind-the-scenes tactics is interesting. For those who don’t know, Seattle, Washington is Amazon’s home base. Behind the scenes, Amazon has embarked on a path that is good for Amazon but not necessarily good for anyone else. Does this hidden path bode ill for publishers, authoirs, and consumers in an all-powerful-Amazon ebook world?
What do you think?