It’s no secret why big publishing hates Amazon. They are taking money out of their pockets. But beware of boycott Amazon campaigns. Who is paying for them?
Pause. There’s more going on here than that big publishing thinks self publishing on Amazon is going to take over the world. There is so much to be said for curated content. Self publishing is cool, but it’s not going to break big publishing. It might reshape it at some point, but not break it. Fair, publishing is the type of industry that is generally afraid of change, but it’s tenacious and it survives.
What Amazon is right now is the only commercial behemoth that gets to keep making NO PROFIT as they undercut everyone else’s prices and drive them out of business. What happens when everyone else is out of business? Well, gee, when there’s no competition….prices go up for consumers, and profit margins go down for publishers selling through Amazon, and Amazon takes a wider and wider chunk out of the filling in the middle, finally making all their years of lulling us into gentle complacency pay back big time. The real question is: why do we see Amazon as the gentle giant? Why does Amazon get to get away with no profits, and Wall Street doesn’t care? Any other company would have stock prices in the gutter by now and some SCREAMING shareholders. And the really big elephant in the room: What happens when there is no more competition?
This is how you build a monopoly and then stifle free trade. Bad for the consumer, bad for the publishers, bad for everyone…..except Amazon. So yeah, I’m not a big Amazon shopper. This issue is not limited to the book industry. Just pointing out some other pertinent details the original article doesn’t seem to be taking into account.
When a client CC’s me on the nasty one line email where they sarcastically thank me for “dropping the ball”
A) I’m right here. I can hear you. YOU CC’D ME ON THE EMAIL. Bad form, sir or madam. Truly bad form.
B) Obviously something didn’t work they way it should have. I have done EVERYTHING IN MY POWER AT THIS POINT to fix it for you, bent over backwards, paid to rush things, manually loaded things where I usually let the automation do it. I understand your frustration, but maybe next time I won’t work so hard since I can see how much good it does me. All you had to do was take me off that CC and we could have all gone our merry ways. But no, you ADDED ME on just for that.
C) Shit happens.
So you want it to be legible, but not bigger than 3.2 million px?
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