17 Mar The Good and The Bad
Here’s some of The Good and The Bad of what goes on behind the scenes for me as an author whose book is sold on Amazon.
The Good: You can now So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village online! You can read the Table of Contents, read pages 1 – 12, and read through the acknowledgements page. It will give you the flavor of the book. It’s a great use of technology and I’m thankful for it. You can buy a Kindle Version at Amazon. Good for e reader types of people. Again, I’m thankful.
The Bad: Amazon takes 55% OFF THE TOP when they purchase books from Autumn House. After paying shipping, tax, cost of production and paying Amazon, Autumn House makes a profit of approximately $6 per book. I make, according to my contract 7% of the profit. So 7% of $6 … ta dah … I make about 40 cents a book. It seems a little paltry for all the work that went into it. It seems like the ratios of who earns what is off balance. It seems like the creator should at least profit more than the middle man.
Okay, so money isn’t the reason I wrote the book. But really … I’m disgusted by the way the system works. Mega-corporate-bottom line sales that don’t honor the person who did the work. And yes, I’ve heard this all before. But I never Got It. Now, I do.
So, bottom line, I understand that buying at Amazon is a good ‘deal’. I live on a budget. So buy from A. if you must, but when you do, please know what that means to artists. If you can buy local: do. If you can buy direct from an author: DO. If you have other options: use them.