Amazon's Print On-Demand Unit Moving to Monopolize Market?
In a move that rocked the POD publishing industry this week,
Published: March 28, 2008
In a move that rocked the POD publishing industry this week, Amazon apparently is insisting that POD publishers that want to have their books sold directly on the Amazon website will have to use Amazon’s own on-demand printing facilities (BookSurge) or else have the “buy” buttons for their publications removed from the site. Amazon claims that it is attempting to have a true POD business that improves its service to customers and authors, but a number of voices have been raised in opposition, most crying foul, some “monopoly,” and still others speculating about the repercussions of Amazon’s salvo on traditional publishers and struggling authors. Today’s Washington Post story contains links to other reports in the Wall Street Journal, WritersWeekly and other outlets. Worth reading are the many angry comments submitted in sympathetic response to the WritersWeekly piece. We haven’t heard the last of this, I’ll wager.