The Morning Coffee – 24 December 2014

Debatable, laughable, taxable, sensible, unreadable.

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12 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 24 December 2014

  1. The Sawyer blog entry appears to have been pulled.

  2. I honestly don’t have a shred of sympathy for anybody who went with KU. Oh its face it’s a bad deal and I’m sitting here screaming, “What the hell did you think would happen?”

    I don’t know why people leave their brains in their imaginary worlds. I’d like to, too, but I don’t have that luxury.

    • I have some sympathy for when someone’s business fails, but it’s tempered by the fact that this is one of the risks you run. Authoring is a business now, and you can’t expect everything to go perfectly.

  3. Surely “laughable” should have been applied to Hugh Howey’s latest attempt to generate sympathy for Amazon as the tide turns.

    Yes, Amazon does treat us indies as second class, but don’t blame Amazon. We deserve everything we get because we’re bunch pf pirates and scammers and by the way, we really are a selfish bunch for not owning up “to the cost we foist on Amazon with perma-free. Not once.”

    That will be the same perma-free that Amazon and Amazon alone chooses to price-match, given no indies have the option to set a perma-free price in KDP.

    Laughable indeed.

    • Indie authors have the same access to Amazon as most publishers: KDP. They may not get the premium treatment but they aren’t treated any worse than the majority of publishers, so no it’s not second class citizenship.

  4. Amazon annual revenue is what? About $80 billion? Now what fraction of that revenue is produced by indie authors? A hundredth of one per cent? 0.01%. They could dump the whole KDP program and it would have hardly any effect on the revenue. Some people say KDP exists as an incentive for people to buy Kindles. Really? Considering all the junk in KDP, does that make any sense? It seems to me that Jeff Bezos introduced KDP and keeps it going because he likes the idea of authors writing and publishing books without interference from agents and publishers–and that is all. He will keep it afloat as long as it does not lose him too much money. As to whether indie authors are treated as second class citizens by Amazon, the answer cannot be any less absurd than the question and the assumptions behind the question about the interests and agendas of Jeff Bezos. Meanwhile, as first class or second class citizens, many indie authors are making piles of money with KU–piles of money they did not make before KU appeared. Whoever leaves KU, good luck to them–but some of the reasons they give don’t make much sense. Happy New Year.

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