An American Editor

April 10, 2012

Worth Noting: The Seattle Times on Amazon

Filed under: Worth Noting — americaneditor @ 4:00 am

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?

1 Comment »

  1. Always interesting thoughts, Rich. I think Amazon has done wonderful things for publishing. Before Amazon, it was impossible for a small publisher like me to get our books anywhere. Largely due to Amazon’s efforts, it’s now relatively simple for us to list our books with a national distributor. Although Sony got there first (and Rocket and others before), Amazon’s eReader made eBooks mainstream. That said, the last thing our industry needs is a monopolist. I wish Amazon well and certainly understand that they need to make profits and would be remiss to their stockholders if they didn’t try to maximize them. I truly hope, though, that other book distributors will also do well and provide Amazon the competition it needs to keep innovating.

    Comment by Rob Preece — April 11, 2012 @ 2:20 am | Reply


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