Amazon is apparently making authors pay refunds to customers who bought their books because they’ve gone from self-published to traditionally published. Worrisome. Very worrisome.
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I just read this on my Facebook page. The word is spreading like wildfire! This is such a travesty, and oh so worrisome. I already had an issue with contracting to only one entity, but talk about vengeful retaliation on Amazon’s part. I’m appalled beyond words and will undoubtedly never ever use the KDP program, This story just seals the deal. Damn Amazon for being a stupid necessary evil at this point.
Thanks for posting this, Michelle. Important information.
I’ve just read the updated version of the post and apparently Amazon are trying to protect themselves because the entire Stones song ‘Satisfaction’ is included in the self-pub version of the book and may be a breach of copyright (not sure how true this is – but just sayin’)….
I love being an Indi author, and truly, I wouldn’t be interested in a contract if the opportunity arised. I think that if I did good on my own, why put constraints in my career. If what I want is more help in the sense of handling many readers, I can always hire people if I am selling so much as to being offered contracts.
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The thread of opinion here follows the Rolling Stones concern.
I don’t think there’s any need to panic – at least not until we have the full story. *Continues to dig fall-out shelter just in case*.
Amazon are becoming way scary 😦
Apparently Amazon sent out a follow-up email to say the original was incorrect. There should be no problem. As Ruth Ann suspected, it was a poorly worded email.
I would love to see this email or emails. I don’t see where Jamie shared it or if she did. Great to see authors come together with such enthusiasm.
This is both aggravating and annoying news! And yet, I do wonder if I’ll ever have to contend with it. I guess it just proves that every ray of sunshine carries with it a risk of radiation poisoning!
This is hard to believe. I don’t understand why Amazon feels it’s necessary to refund the money. People have already read the book. Shouldn’t matter if the version they read was the self-published one or not.