pepperlandgirl: (1776 LJ Strikethrough)
( Apr. 13th, 2009 01:36 pm)
It appears that Amazon knew what they were doing--they want to be like Wal-Mart. Hiding and derating thousands of books in an effort to be more family friendly? Yeah, I can buy that.

Here's an interesting fact. Amazon got into the POD business by purchasing Booksurge in 2005. In 2008, they had an official policy change: Let Booksurge Publish Your Books...Or Else.

You'd think Amazon's purchase of BookSurge might have made things a bit uncomfortable between the two companies. However, they continued to work together, getting books on demand to's loyal customers. Things appeared to be cruising along just fine, but perhaps not anymore.

Reports have been trickling in from the POD underground that Amazon/BookSurge representatives have been approaching some Lightning Source customers, first by email introduction and then by phone (nobody at BookSurge seems to want to put anything in writing). When Lightning Source customers speak with the BookSurge representative, the reports say, they are basically told they can either have BookSurge start printing their books or the "buy" button on their book pages will be "turned off."

This is Amazon's Official POD policy

Now, I have some personal experience with this. Books that are printed through another distributor are not listed under Amazon regularly. They're listed under "marketplace" which does have an affect on how many of said book you can sell! In other words, if a POD book is listed on Amazon, it's being printed through Booksurge, or produced by Amazon.

None of my books with Amber Quill have been de-rated. In fact, an hour ago Master of Obsidian was the #1 gay best seller--because all of its competition is gone! POD books are not being de-ranked. Create Space books are not being de-ranked. Kindle books are not being de-ranked. Regardless of content or tags. What do all of these books have in common?

They're all produced by Amazon.
Just incompetance?

Doesn't explain the emails authors received explaining why their books were de-rated.


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