Well, it finally happened, or at least I first heard about it this week. I learned from one of my new readers that she bought a “NEW” copy of my book through Amazon. My books are print-on-demand (POD), so I waited to see a sale on my Lightning Source sales page. Guess what? No book was printed and they showed no sale…ever!
It’s official. Amazon is now selling new copies of my books without paying me a dime! I don’t know how or how long this has been going on. The only reason I heard about it this time is that I knew the buyer, and she sent me a copy of the Amazon invoice. They sold my book for under $7 without charging for postage. Yes, books can be very cheap when they stop paying authors altogether.
The way this system is supposed to work is that Amazon sends a request to my printer (Lightning Source) to print a copy and they send it to Amazon. I am the only one who is supposed to be able to buy new copies from the printer at a discounted rate, to sale direct to local customers. Apparently Amazon has found a way around that system now.
You would think a book company would not want to screw over their own authors. WRONG!
Amazon will screw over anyone for their own profits.
7 thoughts on “Amazon says: Save money, don’t pay authors!”
I’m so sorry to hear that and can imagine how frustrating it must be. I haven’t gotten so far to write a book but that’s a big motivation kill.
Truer words were never spoken Rebecca! It’s hard enough to make anything on books but when the biggest bookseller in the world starts working against you, forget it! Oh, BTW, welcome to our Boomer Blog Group! I heard you have chosen to join us.
Yep, us little guys do not have a chance….
Wow, that’s low. 😦
Wow! So discouraging. I have a couple of friends selling books on amazon…I’ll send them your post! ~ Thanks, Lynn
Yes Lynn, please warn others! I have seen the book selling world change so much just since I started in 2008. It does not seem worth the effort to me anymore…
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