oh grasshopper, you have much to learn

June 9, 2008

Dear Author posted a commentary from a Forbes’ columnist claiming that authors will benefit monetarily from Amazon’s monopoly over the publishing industry in only allowing Amazon p.o.d. titles to be sold on its site (summarized nicely here). clearly, the author is not up-to-date on the pitfalls of the Amazon reviewing process and since when have monopolies passed along profits to anyone?!

what is sort of fascinating about the attempt by Amazon to dominate with Booksurge is the possibility that major publishing houses will go the way of McCellan’s What Happened and start printing more titles using p.o.d. technology. will Amazon sell the latest John Grisham if the publisher doesn’t go with Booksurge? or are they just assuming that the big houses will outsource only to Amazon?

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