Self-publishing News: Is Amazon Too Big?

In this weeks Self-Publishing News Unique, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway takes a look at the US bookselling markets call for antitrust action versus Amazon.

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Is Amazon Too Big?

Its worth reading this together with Passive Guys take. He points out that the Big 5 is barely the poster icon for a prospering and diverse market.

Obviously we understand that prior to Covid, people in the book world had a lot to state about Amazon. They have actually always been questionable, naturally. In the previous year or so the antipathy has actually grown. Most especially we have actually seen book shops refuse to stock titles shortlisted for major awards if their publisher was an Amazon imprint.

In the last few months, the increase in antipathy has actually accelerated even more. We saw just recently that sales for the leviathan have grown more than 40% during lockdown whilst book shops have actually struggled. Now there is an unusual program of unity between authors, publishers, and booksellers in the USA. And Amazon is in their sights. Particularly, they have written to the House Antitrust Subcommittee stating Amazons levers are just too big and too numerous. Its too huge to do anybody any good, that is, other than Amazon.

Bookshop– A Good Alternative to Amazon?

One of the problems alleged with Amazon is they are so huge they squeeze the terms everybody gets. Bookshop is the biggest app set up as a way to offer an alternative to Amazon. And as long as we cant Amazons size will continue to hover over us all.

A Lot Of Books?

Back in the early days of my time self-publishing, I remember a great deal of speak about “the long tail.” One of the things that, as indies, we celebrated was that in our world there is area for everyone. Obviously, not all commentators saw it that method. In the next phase of self-publishing we had to cope with expressions like “tsunami of crap.” And the truth that there are a lot of books self-published has always made lots of slightly uneasy. It makes industry figures based upon ISBNs or data from Bookscan feel nearly quaint. And in more sinister ways, the sheer numbers can hide some pretty dubious practices like scraping and even plagiarism.

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There was speculation that sales would plummet since no one was commuting. There was speculation sales would soar due to the fact that everyone was utilizing membership services.

Today, we had an illustration of just how various the 2 communities method to varieties of titles actually is. Lockdown has, we understand, postponed many a launch. Just as it has done in the movie industry. The outcome is now that things are reducing, the market is going to be overwhelmed. There are simply too lots of titles all coming at the very same time. In a single week, there will be an entire, enormous … 600!

And after that the figures started to emerge– and the latter camp most definitely appeared to have it. Today, we have more to support this. Storytels Q2 figures have actually increased 43% year on year. And a Bookwire barometer provides an interesting insight into the impact of Covid-19 on audiobook sales in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. What is clear is not so much that lockdown has actually increased or decreased sales. Rather, the growth if audio seems to have actually continued regardless.

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SEPTEMBER 2020.

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Audio in Lockdown.

And at the same time, words like “curation” have actually gotten traction. Publishers and bookstores have used it to distance themselves from us. And even in indie ranks, numerous are keen to make themselves stand out because they do the things the industry does.

Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)– Zoom meetings the 2nd Saturday of monthly.

And on the topic of Bookwire, the company has been brought under the umbrella of EDRLab. European Digital Reading Lab is a group that (thanks to Mark Williams for the quote) is “dealing with the implementation of an open, interoperable and available digital publishing environment in Europe.” Which sounds a lot like the work that W3C provides for the web as a whole.

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Specifically, they have actually composed to the House Antitrust Subcommittee stating Amazons levers are just too big and too lots of. One of the issues declared with Amazon is they are so big they squeeze the terms everybody gets. And as long as we cant Amazons size will continue to hover over us all.

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Of course we know that before Covid, people in the book world had a lot to state about Amazon. Most notably we have seen book shops decline to equip titles shortlisted for major awards if their publisher was an Amazon imprint.

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