In recent days, Amazon.com decided to remove more than 4000 e-books from its website after a pricing dispute with IPG. The Independent Publishing Group is one of the largest independent distributors in the United States.
While Amazon has the right to decide with what company it does business, its removal of many of our authors’ books from its ordering system will have an economic impact on them. Our authors depend on people buying their books and a significant percentage of them have books distributed through IPG. Therefore, SFWA is redirecting Amazon.com links from the organization’s website to other booksellers because we would prefer to send traffic to stores where the books can actually be purchased.
Many authors will be hit hard by this, so we encourage you to seek out new places to find their books.
It is worth noting, that if a book is only available on Amazon, we are leaving the link in place. Our goal is to make sure that it is possible to order our members’ fiction. Hurting authors to make a point about a publishing model is not a good practice, for anyone.
For further reading:
- LA Times: Did IPG chuck Amazon’s tea into the bay?
- Publisher’s Lunch: Amazon Removes Kindle Versions of IPG Books After Distributor Declines to Change Selling Terms
- Publisher’s Weekly: IPG Stands Firm on Terms with Amazon
- Bookseller Urges Colleagues to Support IPG
- SFWA: Who controls your Amazon e-book price