You have struggled for months, years to write your book. You’ve worked hard to get it properly edited and into a professional format for sale. Now, thanks to Amazon.com’s e-book return policy, even if someone buys your book and reads it … they don’t have to pay you for it.
That’s right: even if someone BUYS your e-book on Amazon.com, as long as they return it within seven days they can get a full refund. Now, I suspect that any other media have already screamed about the blatant unfairness of this sort of practice. You can’t return a downloaded music album nor can you return a digital movie you’ve purchased from Amazon.
But you CAN return a book even after you’ve read it!
Now someone said to me, if you don’t like this policy then don’t publish through them. That’s like saying if you don’t like Walmart, don’t let them sell your t-shirts. Amazon is the currently sanctioned monopoly. If someone had asked John Dillinger in our day why he self-published at Amazon, his answer would have been ‘Because that’s where the money is.’
But this shameful practice should be stopped. It’s a stupid policy from a company who has consistently demonstrated a contempt note only for authors but for the written word itself. There is an online petition taking a stand against this heinous practice. I’ve signed it and I urge you to sign it as well.
I self-publish on Amazon. My contract with them is to sell my book … not give it away.