Link of the Week – Amazon’s Buy Button (and it sucks)

So Amazon has quietly made more changes in the selling of books. One that seems to benefit everyone but the author. Third-party sellers can now “win” the Buy Box. What does that mean? It means this seller would be listed as the default for the Buy Button. It means that these third-party

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sellers can mark books down to whatever price they want (so long as the meet some Amazon criteria…haha).  It also means that slices into any profit the author MIGHT make. I say might because there are various ways these third-party sellers can get their hands on “new” copies that would cut the author completely out of the sale. And it could mean that potential customers may only have a third-party seller as a choice to buy from.

This went into effect back in March and a buzz about it was made last month, but it has only been recently that authors have noticed and/or felt the pinch.

To read more about it, check out the links below to articles from Publisher’s Weekly and Huffington Post (with visuals). Definitely worth the read.

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/73542-new-amazon-buy-button-program-draws-ire-of-publishers-authors.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/590b309be4b05279d4edc31f

4 Responses to Link of the Week – Amazon’s Buy Button (and it sucks)

  1. Once again, authors get the short end of the stick.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    Hard not to be outraged and maybe a bit bitter.

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  3. Judith Russell-Tooth says:

    It’s disgusting. Where will this end?

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  4. jbrayweber says:

    Not sure it will, Judith. The best immediate course of action for authors is to not go exclusively with Amazon.

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