If you’ve been thinking about selling your self-published book on Amazon, have a look at this story on Angela Hoy’s Writers Weekly website. Apparently, Amazon is trying to ban any self-publishers who don’t use their own print-on-demand service, BookSurge.
I first heard about the situation in the Aha (Authors Helping Authors) blog. [Update December 11, 2012 – the original blog post is no longer available.] Then, Lynne Klippel mentioned it to me when we were speaking about putting together a flat-rate publishing package for my clients.
One of the biggest benefits of self-publishing your book is that it gives you – the author, the expert – more choices and more automony over the process. Now Amazon is trying to take those choices away.
There are a LOT of other online booksellers out there, and I bet their business is going to be booming as a backlash from this situation.
There’s an online petition with 1,092 signatures and counting (including mine). What about you? Will you sign the petition? Or will you "vote with your feet" and take your book-buying and book-selling business elsewhere?