By now, most of us know all about the drama surrounding Amazon and publishing house Macmillan. If not, quick recap: the end resulted in all Macmillan books (Tor Forge, St. Martin’s, Orb, etc) being pulled from the Amazon US site. The buy button is gone if you try to buy books by authors Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jenna Maclaine, among other authors but you can still buy those books from the Amazon Marketplace (3rd Party) but the Publisher won’t be getting that money. Weirdly enough, as of last night you could still buy these books on the Amazon Canada site. The whole issue comes out of the President of Macmillan not liking the low prices Amazon is selling EBooks for and he basically wants the charges to be raised to $15.00 an EBook.
I can see his point, sorta kinda. If I am going to buy (say for example) Sherrilyn Kenyon’s latest hardcover for $29.99 CDN and yet those with E-Readers are spending way less on the EBook version ($9.99), I’m going to hold out for the paperback release and be really pissed off about it too. But if he is talking about making the EBook versions cost more than the paperback, thats a crock of shit. To be honest, the whole system sucks but thats for another day because I can rant up to the moon with Hard Cover releases.
Honestly, the whole thing comes down to Greed plain and simple. A special shout out to Steve Jobs as well, the I-Ventions cause yet another issue. No wonder I am so anti-apple. Steve Jobs and Co are letting Publishers set their own Ebook prices, where Amazon does not allow that. So Amazon pulls a snit and removes all Macmillan books. Lovely guys, you’re only hurting YOUR pockets and authors who work damn hard. The three stooges I tell you, Apple, Amazon and Macmillan.
The whole thing bites for authors, it’s unfair to do this to them as they aren’t the ones fighting as far as I know. Shame on both Macmillan and Amazon for costing hardworking authors money.