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Authors and Book-lovers take note

Passed on by a friend who writes professionally.


From: Katharine Kerr
Subject: Amazon's used book policy
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2002 4:42 PM

I can't remember where I saw the original post talking about
amazon.com's used book policy, but I just received this in email from
the Author's Guild.

>Guild Recommends De-Linking from Amazon
>
>Amazon.com is pushing its notorious used book service more aggressively than
>ever, notifying customers shortly after they purchase a book to see whether
>they'd like to re-sell the book using Amazon. Amazon actively works to divert
>customers shopping for new books into its used book marketplace by placing
>prominent used book ads on each title's main web entry.
>
>Amazon's practice does damage to the publishing industry, decreasing royalty
>payments to authors and profits to publishers. In time, as we pointed out to
>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos when it first began this practice over a year ago, the
>financial loss to the industry could affect the quality and diversity of
>literature made available through booksellers. If profits suffer, publishers
>will cut their investments in new works, and authors facing reduced advances
>and royalties will have to find other ways to earn income.
>
>We believe it is in our members' best interests to de-link their websites from
>Amazon. There's no good reason for authors to be complicit in undermining
>their own sales. It just takes a minute, and it's the right thing to do.
>
>Authors should consider linking to other online booksellers, including
>Barnesandnoble.com (bn.com) and especially BookSense.com, the online hub for
>independent booksellers.

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