Thursday, March 11, 2010

Amazonian Greed

Why does Amazon charge $3.00 for my e-book (The Common Purpose Manifesto) when I've asked the price to be set at $1.00? [I just want as many as possible to read it; Kindle for PC is free.]

Amazon already receives 65% of the price I set, so why do they charge another $2.00 on top (a surcharge which I assume goes straight to them)?



Digital Publication Distribution Agreement (Amazon)
"You will provide a list price for each Digital Book you submit to us in accordance with the then current Program procedures for list price submission ("List Price")."
"We or our sub-distributors have sole and complete discretion to set the retail price at which your Digital Books are sold through the Program."
"Provided you are not in breach of your obligations under this Agreement, we will pay you, for each Digital Book sold to a customer (i.e., an end user) through the Program, a royalty ("Royalty") equal to thirty-five percent (35%) of the applicable List Price for such Digital Book."

So basically Amazon rips off the customer to get more revenue for themselves, revenue that is completely unearned. It's appalling.


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