On Saturday afternoon, February 25th 2017, the Calgary Herald’s article about me and Amazon, written by Anna Brooks, came out. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here. I spoke with Anna back in late January, after the events of “the Amazon Incident” (here was my followup).
After being kicked off Amazon for a crime I didn’t commit, then being brought back to Amazon with an apology but no compensation or “make it right” effort at something they even said was their fault, life has found a new normal. ALL my books are now available at Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Indigo, GooglePlay, Tapas Media, and slew of subscription services, and yes, Amazon. Why Amazon? Because they own about 90+% of the eBook market. That said,I’m not going NEAR their exclusive stuff. Knowing that someone can spend $10 and take down any author who is “all in” with them is insane. And that said, some of the other services are starting to really innovate. Kobo, for example, has a new service called Kobo Plus that they’re now offering in a few markets. That’ll grow, and Amazon will continue to enrage some authors by taking us for granted, and then one day there will be that tectonic shift. Can’t happen? I remember when IBM used to run the world, and history repeats.
The only outstanding problem is that Amazon stopped paying me monthly, which they are investigating. After forever and a day of being paid at the end of the month, February brought nothing, and that’s frustrating. It’s a great reminder about having all your eggs in one basket.
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