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Koobug has been following the battle lines as they continue to form between Hachette and Amazon. Military analogies are appropriate as alliances are forged in the face of (as one Kooblogger described it) "the Amazon monolith".
There may be many indie writers who wonder how the fate of the conventional publishing house has any relevance to them? After all many choose the indie route precisely because they have been rejected by publishers, and in that event Amazon provides them with their market place. Some may even feel a sense of amused self satisfaction at the publishers who predict their own demise.
Only today we read of a former British publisher warning of the impact of Amazons crippling financial demands. Toby Mundy has proclaimed that Amazon is "actively pursuing the destruction of publishers" and prophesied that Amazons strategy will undermine the vital cultural significance of reading in all its forms
We think he has a point.
It is in no-ones interests for mainstream publishing houses to fail, or authors rights and financial gain to be squeezed.
A monopoly doesn't just affect authors and publishers, but suppliers as well. If Amazon control every aspect of the publishing world then it will be a cultural as well as financial autocracy. It will dictate and control what we read, how we read and how much it will cost us to read.
Amazon supplies many commodities, but it is in the area of the written word where it exercises particular control. It won't do to say " (a) let someone else compete, or (b) you don't have to put your book with them.....because as the Kooblogs amply demonstrate there is no effective competition. This looming conflict may well create a climate of change, but not one that is on Amazons terms.
Koobug has no issue with Amazon per se. We are neither proscriptive or anti competition. We passionately defend and promote the culture of the indie author. As we have said before it is manifestly perverse to have a culture of independence reliant upon a a central mechanism of control.
If 900 established authors put their name to a campaign of resistance, then the countless numbers of indie authors should take heed. If writers of whatever stature stand together they will retain control of their creative talent and spirit.
Isn't that what defines the indie spirit?
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