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.