** On Thursday 15.10.20 - 18:47, Arelor wrote to Phigan:
What about compiling them into books to put on Amazon?
Amazon is a cesspool.
You have to compete to thousands of writers and they don't help you get known at all. Then they enforce a draconian ToS on consumers. You may as well set your own store since the chance you are gathering readers from organic growth on Amazon is virtually zero.
This is what I am finding when independent authors try Amazon.
Amazon capitalizes on the bright-eyed eager virgins out there.
Only once is enough. If they don't come back - they don't care.
They will have collected their "fees" from the author. There
will be another eager bright-eyed eager first-timer who will come
Abebooks (originally a Canadian creation) was a pretty good
marketing tool for independent bookshops to catalog their wares.
But about 8 years in, they sold their souls to Amazon. Amazon
had a similar 3rd-party way to catalog books for sale (I was on
both platforms), but after the Abebooks acquisition, Amazon in
turn enforced a minimum sales quota on their (Amazon) system or
be disqualified to list. OK, that was designed to keep places
like mine from capitalizing on the "free" way to catalog my stock
and force us to stay with Abebooks. But I voted with my $s and
Later, Abebooks pleaded me to come back. They offered a lower
interim rate and even 3-free months, or something like that.
I could use Abebooks for my entire inventory if I wanted, but it
wouldn't tie in to my POS/database very well in real-time. The
monthly cost, the daily manual updates, and the potential to be
rated POOR SERVICE, are not worth it.
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