IS AMAZON RIPPING YOU OFF?
| Surya Ananth
Amazon is so equivalent with books in the brain of the open that many consider them to be an open utility with regards to bookselling. It is the first, and here and there just book retailing outlet new distributers and independently publishing writers use to sell books and Kindle eBooks.
So with regards to the matter of selling and advancing books, numerous non mainstream distributers are dismayed at what they consider "uncalled for" or "usury" Amazon strategic approaches. Actually a considerable lot of these arrangements and practices can be found all through retailing and distributing.
In all actuality, sometimes distributers are exposed to strategies and practices that go outside what we think about the limits of decency. Amazon has a stranglehold on book selling and they are not bashful about utilizing that market power . Be that as it may, with an end goal to clear up false impressions, deception and oversee desires, here is a rundown Of pointers below.
How do I stop Amazon from discounting my book?
Like any other retailer, and absent of an agreement to the contrary, Amazon can charge what they want. At the same time, you are paid your royalty based on the retail price you set. Some publishers can set their own prices but these are typically very large publishers. The discount does not come out of your pocket. (Also keep in mind that if you offer your book at a lower price elsewhere, Amazon has the right to price match it and this could impact your royalty.)
Why does Amazon Advantage take 55% of my book’s retail price? It’s outrageous!
Welcome to the distributing business. The standard markdown you should give a book shop to stock your book is at any rate 40%. Wholesalers take an extra 15%. For this situation Amazon essentially says they are going about as the retailer and distributer so they will take 55%, much thanks. In the event that you need to offer books to book shops, be set up to surrender 55%
Why is my royalty so low for my CreateSpace book?
Think of CreateSpace as the printer, and Amazon (who owns CreateSpace) as the retailer. Subtract 40% from the retail price as the sales commission for selling on Amazon (no wholesaler commission in this case). Then subtract the printing costs.
How do I stop Amazon from selling used copies of my book?
Similar to Ebay or any number of used bookstores, Amazon provides a marketplace for anyone to sell used books. As long as your physical book has an ISBN, anyone can sell it on Amazon.
Why does Amazon charge me a fee to deliver Kindle eBooks to customers? No one else does this.
Okay, this one cannot be explained other than to say “because they can”. I believe it is rooted in the origins of the Kindle ecosystem when the early devices included free 3G wireless book delivery, a revolutionary concept at the time. There is definite cost to deliver books this way so Amazon simply passed that cost on to the publisher. Btw, some publishers have arrangements that do not include delivery charges.
Why won’t Amazon tell me who buys my books?
Like any other retailer, the person that buys the book is Amazon’s customer. If you want to build a customer list you will need to become the retailer of your own books.
Why doesn’t Amazon promote my book?
The short answer is that like any retailer, Amazon promotes stuff that sells, or if they have been paid to promote it. The trick for Indian publishers is to create enough activity and purchases so that the Amazon algorithms—the software programs that look for such things—show your book to shoppers. Promotions can include best seller lists, hot new releases, email newsletters, additional categories, and so on.
I paid to print a bunch of books and now Amazon Advantage only wants a few at a time. Why won’t they take them all?
Bit of leeway is a transfer program so they stock just enough books to fulfill request. The more books you sell, the more they request. Alternately, they return books that don't sell (a conceivably costly recommendation!).