Friday, February 8, 2013

Amazon to Sell Used Ebooks. Are You Fucking Kidding Me?

What's the point of buying something used?  It's cheaper.  You also go into the transaction knowing the product will not be in mint condition--it's been handled by someone else, pages could be crinkled, spine could be cracked, case could have dents and scratches.  You know full well you aren't getting a "new product," and you accept that as part of the deal you're getting.

But when it comes to ebooks, every damn copy is "new."  There aren't any dents or dings.  No cracked spines.  No understanding that someone else's DNA is all over the pages.  No splotches of spaghetti sauce.  It is a digital copy, and therefore is in the very same condition as a brand-new copy.

Calling an ebook "used" is misleading, at best, and a fucking greedy way to make more money by screwing authors at worst.

Now, some readers may be rejoicing.  $13.99 for an ebook?  Not when you can get it "used" for $5.99!  I can understand that excitement.  However, ebooks at those prices are generally from one of the traditional publishers.  You won't see many--if any at all--indie authors' ebooks at such a high price.  And this is where the problem occurs.  (I would also like to mention, readers, that you can get the paperback for that cheap without resorting to robbing a writer of money by buying a "used" [i.e., NEW] ebook.)

Amazon, in kowtowing to the demands of the Big 6 Publishers, has increasingly made it difficult for indie authors to get their books seen and sold.  (The Big 6 don't like competition, you see).  And now, now, Amazon wants to screw indie authors even more with this "used ebooks" bullshit.

You see, just like when you sell a paperback you no longer want, the publisher doesn't get the money from that.  So for indie authors who are already struggling to build a career from their writing, the selling of their "used" ebooks will be devastating. Indie authors' books are already very low-priced, but why pay $2.99 when you can get it for $1.99?  And the indie author will see nothing from that used ebook sale.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zero.  Zip.

Amazon, I would personally like to request that you take me to dinner at a fancy restaurant, and get me a bouquet of flowers.  Because I would like to be wined and dined before you fuck me.

If you find this plan of Amazon's as offensive as I do, for the love of all that's holy, TELL THEM.  Write them, email them, call them, BITCH BITCH BITCH.  It's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, and a wheel that heaps loads of deafening shrieking upon Amazon's ears will get a shitload of oil.

It's time to tell Amazon to stop screwing indie authors over in the name of greed.  Take a stand, tell them what they can go do with their "used ebook" bullshit, and in general make Amazon's life hell until they gain some sense of goddamned morality.


  1. This is ridiculous! Thanks, Amazon. Just a moment while I bend over and smile...

    1. Exactly. When I saw they had done the paperwork on this idea with the intent to implement it, I about had a shit. So we make sure our hair's done and our lingerie's nice for the moment.